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Former pro wrestler brings positive message to high school

Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm

News-Gazette Photo/Katie Pedone Former WCW and WWE Wrestling Champion Marc Mero shared his stories of tragedy and triumph on Sept. 24 with the audience in the Liberty High School auditorium as a stop on his 2014 “Never Give Up Tour.”

News-Gazette Photo/Katie Pedone
Former WCW and WWE Wrestling Champion Marc Mero shared his stories of tragedy and triumph on Sept. 24 with the audience in the Liberty High School auditorium as a stop on his 2014 “Never Give Up Tour.”

By Katie Pedone
For the News-Gazette
He became a professional athlete at the age of 31, a speaker at 47, and an author at 50.
Former WCW and WWE Wrestling Champion Marc Mero has seen it all, and on Sept. 24, he shared his stories of tragedy and triumph with the audience in the Liberty High School auditorium as a stop on his 2014 “Never Give Up Tour.”
Mero spoke about serious topics such as substance abuse, peer pressure, bullying and suicide on a heart-to-heart level referencing people and situations he had personally encountered.  He openly shared stories of his own success and failure and offered countless words of advice and encouragement. Quotes such as, “Happiness is key to success,”  “I believe,” “Never give up,” and Mero and the audience chanted “Choices,” throughout the night as Mero shared how he has become the happiest man alive.
Listing time and time again where he had fallen off his path, pushed a loved one behind, and lost who he was, Mero opened the eyes of all ages that no matter what story you have or what choices you have made, it is never too late to turn around and take the step into the direction of your dreams. He pushed people of all ages to evaluate those they surround themselves with and encouraged them to tell friends and family how much they are loved and appreciated every day.
Mero had shared a number of suicide stories associated with bullying of school-aged students and focused heavily on the importance of reaching out to others and assuring they never feel alone.
“I had been bullied when I was a kid, and I had been the bully,” Mero said, “I know what they are going through; no child should ever
feel alone.”
When speaking to students, Mero said he liked to pass out goal charts for students to write down their own dreams and goals much like Mero did when he was a kid.
“I’m going to become a professional athlete, I’m going to win rookie of the year, and I’m going to buy my mom a house,” were the top goals on Mero’s chart, all of which he accomplished.
In just the first week here in Osceola County, Mero had received hundreds of letters from students moved by his speaking, most offered him appreciation for helping them find the light in their tough times. Others shared their own dreams and goals Mero had inspired them to make.
“I’m going to do it, I’m not afraid anymore.  I’m going to go to school, I’m going to become a doctor and I’m going to be an actress,” wrote one student.
This was Mero’s first stop at a school in Osceola
County and he had big dreams
for more.
“I want to go to every single school in Osceola County,” he said, “I want to help save our kids.”
At a cost of $2,000 per school, it won’t be a cheap task but Mero has hope that the funding will be made. Mero’s team even sold merchandise after the show, vowing to put the proceeds toward future shows in the county.
Senior Austin Gulde was supportive of the drive to bring Mero to other schools in the county.
“I think the things he talked about were important and other students should hear what he has to say. It could help out a lot of young teens that are in tough situations,” he said.
At the end, Mero just hoped for one thing.
“I just want people to take away that life is so precious. I wish my family could see me now because I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, but I’m so thankful that I can do this. Helping the students means the world to me.”
Those interested in finding out more about Mero and his team can visit his page online at www.Facebook.com/MarcMeroPage, twitter.com/MarcMero, or www.ThinkPoz.org.

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