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Former WWE Wrestling Champ to give Free Motivational Presentations in Crookston

Area organizations and individuals have joined forces to bring school presenter/former wrestling champion Marc Mero to the community to speak to students and the public on a variety of issues affecting today’s youth. Mero will present at the Crookston High School and University of Minnesota-Crookston on Wednesday, Nov. 13th.

For 14 years, Mero traveled worldwide as WWE wrestling champion “Johnny B. Badd’’, “Wildman” Marc Mero, and “Marvelous’’ Marc Mero. Today, he travels the country as a Christian speaker inspiring others to examine their own life choices and make positive changes.

Mero’s presentation is geared toward middle and high school students. In his hour-long presentation, he’ll cover:

  • Substance abuse prevention
  • Suicide prevention
  • Bullying/cyberbullying/violence prevention
  • Dream big – goal setting
  • Achieving your highest potential

The event is free to the students and public thanks to the hard work of Crookston’s Melanie Lessard. Lessard was very moved by Mero’s story and believes he can help build a stronger community through respect to others, anti-bullying, and suicide awareness and prevention.

“When he speaks, it is totally from the heart. There will not be a dry eye in the place,’’ she shared. “Life is not easy, but any help we can get with raising our children to be respectful adults will be huge.’’

Lessard said she feels compelled to help area youth through trying times; her 17-year-old daughter has helped several friends contemplating suicide. Then, when an area youth committed suicide earlier this year, Lessard said, “enough was enough’’. She also shares that all three of her daughters have been bullied at some point in their lives, so having Mero share his message is very personal to her.

“Our youth are our future and if this event saves one person, then I have succeeded in what my intentions are, to help.’’

The following is a list of the free presentations:

  • 9 am: Crookston High School, 402 Fisher Avenue. This presentation is for Crookston High School students in grades 7th-12th and homeschooled students.
  • 5 pm: Kiehle Auditorium, UMC Campus, 2900 University Avenue. This event is for UMC students and the general public.
  • 7 pm: Crookston High School. This presentation is for the general public.

Funds from last year and this year’s Ms. Tootsie Pageant, which Lessard spearheads, were donated to the Mero presentation. Other sponsors include RiverView Recovery Center, Glenmore Foundation, Northwestern Mental Health Center, Drug Task Force and area anonymous donors.

Start time: 5:00 PM
End time: 6:00 PM
Location: UMC, Crookston High School
Cost: Free