WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil is known for being the leader of Titus Worldwide in the ring, but also for the amazing charity work he does outside of the ring.
At the 2018 Freedom Fund Dinner in Tampa, Florida, O’Neil received the Reverend Hosea Williams Award from the Tampa Chapter of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
I Proudly Thank the Tampa Chapter of the @naacp for honoring me with the “Reverend Hosea Williams” Award Tonight at the Annual Freedom Fund Dinner Tonight. Many thanks also to my beautiful Family and team of Supporters and Partners for coming out. @davebautista @hcsosheriff @chadchronister @nikkidebartolo @tampapd @jeffgigante23 @bullard111 @hillsboroughsch @lovejones31 @octaviojones @embracinglegacy
O’Neil’s friend and former WWE Champion Dave Bautista was at the dinner and congratulated him on receiving the honor.
The award was named for Hosea Lorenzo Williams, who was an American civil rights leader, activist, ordained minister, businessman, philanthropist, scientist, and politician.
Williams was known for being a trusted member of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s inner circle. Under the banner of their flagship organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, King depended on Williams to organize and stir masses of people into nonviolent direct action in myriad protest campaigns they waged against racial, political, economic, and social injustice. King alternately referred to Williams, his chief field lieutenant, as his “bull in a china closet” and his “Castro.”
Inspired by personal experience with and his vow to continue King’s work for the poor, Williams may be equally well known as the founding president of one of the largest social services organizations for the poor and hungry on holidays in North America, Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless.
According to the organization’s Facebook page, Since its founding in 1971, the Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless Food (HFTH), has distributed more than $3 billion in food, clothing, medical, educational, toiletries, furniture and cleaning supplies to 16 Georgia counties, three states and to the Philippines, the Ivory Coast and Uganda. The organization maintains an average administrative overhead of 14 percent — ensuring the poor receive 86 percent of all donations. The group’s website is down, but people can still visit the webpage to make a donation or volunteer.
The Hosea Williams Award is a big honor and O’Neil is a worthy candidate to receive it as he is involved with charity work with several nonprofit groups in the Tampa Bay area. His charitable feats include helping high school children – 245 – to get into college, leading corporate volunteers to read books to children and participating in United Way’s Walking School Bus program in at-risk neighborhoods by escorting children to school on foot. He has also visited children in hospitals.
The Tampa Bay Lightning honored him as the 32nd Lightning Community Hero of the 2016-17 season. He received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program and will donate the money to the United Way Suncoast, Wheelchairs for Kids, Academy Prep and Unsigned Preps Inc.
Most recently, O’Neil joined the “Black Panther Challenge,” where he teamed up with Alicia McDowell to help black children, especially those from low income families, to see the film “Black Panther.”
#BlackPantherChallenge Update Our Total Has went up to over 2000kids with the addition of 750 @TampaJHS Dragons students set to watch #BlackPanther THANK YOU @HillsboroughSch @Jaboowins @henderg1 @Back_ToReality @VanAyresHCPS @MrQuinnJHS pic.twitter.com/9hgfCwRVHd
— Titus O'Neil (@TitusONeilWWE) February 8, 2018
Among other awards he received, O’Neil was named the Mega Dad’s Celebrity Dad of the Year 2015 and 2016.
This is a big honor for O’Neil, who continues to inspire people in and out of the ring with his story and his work both in and out of the ring.
Roman Reigns Discusses Universal Title Victory Over Brock Lesnar
It may not be the perfect outcome, but it was necessary to take the WWE Universal Title off of Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, especially considering that Lesnar is preparing for a return to the octagon and UFC in the near future, and the fact that Lesnar’s contract has strangleheld WWE for far too long.
Roman Reigns was the guy to do it, and as unpopular as the choice may be, and as unpopular and boring as the Lesnar/Reigns feud been, this was also necessary.
Reigns reflected on his big win at SummerSlam.
Triple H Discusses WWE Signing Matt Riddle
Triple H commented on the recent signing of former UFC star Matt Riddle, who was shown in the crowd during NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV on Saturday night. WWE had been previously hesitant to sign Riddle due to his history related to marijuana use.
“Matt brings a lot to the table” Triple H said, according to Newsweek.
“He’s an amazing athlete, smart in the way he’s adapted and what he did in his MMA career,” Levesque told media in a post-show press conference. “He’s learned a lot on his own in a very brief period of time to get to where he is. I’ve watched him for awhile, his ups and downs, and you know there just comes a time when somebody gets good enough.”
Triple H believes that adding him to WWE, and the NXT roster, will be the next step in his development.
“I think he’s ready to get brought in and be taken the rest of the way. I also think he’s matured as a person.” Triple H continued.
“I think he’s realized where he wants to get in this business as opposed to just being in the business. We think it’s the right time, but only time will tell. He’s a very talented guy and the sky’s the limit. We’ll see what he can do. I feel sometimes people say ‘you bring them in and just go with it.’ It’s not that simple. Not everybody makes it, not everything works. There’s a lot of factors. I believe in him and I believe he has a lot of potential.”
Matt Riddle Signs With WWE
The rumors are true, Matt Riddle is heading to WWE as his appearance in the audience of Saturday night’s NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4, live, at the Barclays Center confirmed. Riddle had been rumored to be heading to the company for the past several weeks.
WWE issued the following statement regarding Riddle:
Matt Riddle, or as he is often referred to by fans, “The King of Bros,” has been announced as the newest Superstar to wave the NXT flag. Fittingly, the news was revealed as he was ringside for tonight’s huge WWE Network special event in Brooklyn.
The former wrestling champion and UFC fighter made a name for himself in the indie circuit, capturing titles such as the EVOLVE Championship and the PROGRESS Atlas Championship.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) August 18, 2018
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