In 1985 Mr. T entered the world of professional wrestling. He became the tag-team partner of wrestling legend Hulk Hogan in WrestleMania I. Around this time, he also began starring in his own show, “T. and T.,” about a streetwise kid who became a city detective. In 2015 Mr. T was inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Gaining a reputation as an advocate and role model for young people, Mr. T began aiming more of his work around helping youths. In 1984 he released a music album entitled “Mr. T’s Commandments,” which encouraged children to make good choices. He followed the success of this album with a motivational video and film soundtrack, entitled “Be Somebody… or Be Somebody’s Fool,!” aimed at encouraging children to make responsible decisions.
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NANCY KERRIGAN – Nancy Kerrigan has been one of America’s most recognizable sports icons for over 20 years. Her rise to competing at a national level began when she placed 3rd at the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, allowing her to qualify for the 1991 World Championships, where she won the bronze medal as part of an American sweep. In 1992 she earned a bronze medal in the Albertville Winter Olympics and the silver medal at the 1992 World Championships. In 1993 Kerrigan became the United States Ladies Champion and followed that up with her historic silver medal performance at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics.
Along the way, Kerrigan became known for her groundbreaking fashion on the ice, teaming up with Vera Wang and others to create some of the most memorable skating outfits in the history of the sport.
The Nancy Kerrigan Foundation has raised significant funds for the vision impaired in honor of her legally blind mother, and she has been recognized for her excellence on and off the ice (US Figure Skating Hall of Fame, Mother’s Day Foundation Mother of the Year, New England Sports Hall of Fame). More recently, Kerrigan has focused on her family (three children, ages 8, 11 and 19), choreography (“Halloween on Ice,” “SkateNiagara,” “Bryant Park Holiday Show”) and is currently executive producing the upcoming documentary “Why Don’t You Lose 5 lbs,” which examines the silent epidemic of eating disorders in sports.
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NICK VIALL – When Bachelorette Andi Dorfman said goodbye to Bachelor Nick Viall just as he was preparing to pick out a ring for her, he was devastated. When Nick walked up to Kaitlyn Bristowe with an engagement ring in his pocket, only to be sent home, he was crushed. And when Nick took another chance to find love on the latest installment of “Bachelor in Paradise,” viewers were excited and truly happy for him. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, leaving everyone to wonder if the sensitive and self-made Midwestern salesman would ever find the woman he would spend the rest of his life with. How could one man endure so much heartbreak?
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, with a double major in accounting and supply chain management, Nick is one of the most accomplished and successful Bachelors. One of 11 siblings, Nick maintains close ties with his family. His parents, Chris and Mary, have been married for 37 years. Nothing would make them happier than to see Nick find what they have found in each other.
When he’s not spending time with friends and family, Nick enjoys traveling, beach volleyball and rooting for his beloved Green Bay Packers.
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NORMANI KORDEI – Normani Kordei is one-fourth of one of the most popular girl groups in the world, Fifth Harmony. The release of Fifth Harmony’s sophomore album, “7/27,” is the latest in a series of record-breaking accomplishments for the group. “Work from Home,” the album’s 3x-platinum certified first single, earned Fifth Harmony their first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, notching the top spot on both the Billboard Rhythmic and Pop Songs charts. The group’s accomplishments on the charts add to an award-winning 2016, with first-time wins at the American Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Much Music Video Awards; their second win at the Kids Choice Awards, two wins at the MTV Video Music Awards & Radio Disney Music Awards, and three wins at the Teen Choice Awards.
In 2015 Fifth Harmony released their debut album, “Reflection,” which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and has since been certified Gold. “Reflection” includes two platinum records, “BO$$” and “Sledgehammer,” in addition to the quadruple-platinum success of the single, “Worth It.”
Normani was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in the city of New Orleans. When she isn’t busy traveling the world on tour, acting as an Ambassador for foundations near to her heart, or volunteering her time to handfuls of charities, she enjoys spending her free time being a normal 20-year-old; dancing, jumping on the trampoline, tumbling, pretending to be a makeup artist, watching scary movies, writing down her inner most thoughts, watching “American Horror Story” and constantly working on perfecting her crafts.
Normani is the Global Ambassador to the American Cancer Society and recently started working with A Place Called Home, lending her name, time and talents to various events. In addition, she is also an Ambassador for The CyberSmile Foundation.
She currently resides in Houston, Texas.
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RASHAD JENNINGS – Rashad Jennings was ranked one of the number one NFL safeties in 2015. In a breakout season in 2015, he started every game and set career highs in carries, rushing yards, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He was drafted in 2009 in the seventh round by the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he spent four seasons, was signed by the Oakland Radars in 2013 for one season, and signed a four-year contract with the New York Giants in 2014. Jennings set a Big South Conference record while at Liberty with 3,633 yards, 42 touchdowns, and averaged 5.7 yards per carry. He carried Liberty to their first two Big South Conference Championships.
Jennings was mentored in football by his two older brothers. They coached his private high school team for free in order for Jennings to attend the school. He left the University of Pittsburgh after one season as a true starting freshman there in order to be closer to home. He dedicates games to his father who has diabetes and both legs amputated.
He is the founder of the Rashad Jennings Foundation and is dedicated to inspiring youth by making education fun, providing mentorship for individual success, and promoting health and fitness. In 2016, 30,000 kids participated in his reading challenge, reading over 167,000 books. The foundation also creates and implements branded programs into schools for individual athletes throughout all 32 NFL teams to help other NFL players give back – rashadjenningsfoundation.com.