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.
Tye Dillinger Requests Release from WWE
Tye Dillinger is ready to move on from WWE, and has officially asked for his release from the company.
Dillinger has been sparingly used since his call up from NXT almost 2 years ago, and with the rise of other promotions, and the launch of AEW, it’s no surprise that Dillinger has decided to go elsewhere.
Lio Rush Backstage Reputation
WWE superstar Lio Rush has been in the middle of a confusing wrinkle in his association with Bobby Lashley, who seems to be done with Rush, but still teaming with him.
Lashley attacked Rush following Fin Balor pinning Rush in their handicapped match at Elimination Chamber, which cost Lashley his Intercontinental Championship despite not being pinned.
It’s been an interesting direction for Rush’s character, and according to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson (h/t WrestlingNews.co) Rush may have a reputation backstage.
“It appears Lio Rush is done with Bobby Lashley. I can tell you behind the scenes there were not a lot of people surprised at that and not a lot of people surprised that Lio took the pin. There are times Lio has a reputation for rubbing people, including other workers, the wrong way. Whether that was being held against him and that was part of the reasoning for him losing or whether it was just a decision to protect Lashley and shift the belt to Finn Balor, I guess we’ll have to see based on how Lio is presented in the weeks and months to come.”
D-Generation X, with Chyna, to be Inducted in WWE Hall of Fame
Chyna will finally get recognized and honored as a WWE Hall of Famer.
According to ESPN, Degeneration-X will be officially inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019.
Shawn Michaels, Triple H, The New Age Outlaws, X-Pac, and Chyna will all be inducted. It will mark Michaels’ second induction into the Hall of Fame.
“I think it’s the most meaningful for us all to go in together and to be recognized together,” Tripe H said, according to ESPN. “Because I think both groups were [just] as impactful.”
“It’s a funny thing, because DX was something that, before Kevin [Nash] and Scott [Hall] left, at the time we all talked about using ‘The Kliq’ as it was — kind of morphing that into television, since it was so out there anyways,” said Levesque. “But things worked out the way they did — they left, and the timing was right.”
“Shawn and I still wanted to do it. Vince saw the value in it, I guess, and finally let us go at it, by that point in time I was looking for a heater, and we had brought Chyna.”
Triple H went on to say Chyna deserved to be in the Hall of Fame.
“Look, people believe what they want to believe. When I said a few years ago on the Austin podcast, or show, or whatever you want to call it, there’s complexities around it,” said Triple H. “But absolutely, definitely deserves to be in there. It’d be tough to pick a female that was more impactful on the business. She did something that was completely so out of left field that it wasn’t even being considered when we first brought it up for her to come in. It wasn’t even a consideration… it wasn’t an easy thing, and against all odds she did all of that.”
And as far as Chyna being inducted in the future as single’s competitor, which she deserves, Triple H is confident it will happen eventually.
“From that standpoint, absolutely 100 percent deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and should probably be more than once — as a group, but individually as well,” Levesque continued. “There’s more complexity to that than meets the eye, but here we are. I’m just happy that it’s here. I’m happy for her family, the people that she was close to, that hopefully this is super meaningful to them. I know it would be to her. It’s a great thing — very deserving.”
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