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Motivational speaker, former pro wrestler coming to Knightstown

By KEVIN GREEN - kgreen@thecouriertimes.com

KNIGHTSTOWN — The entire Henry County community is invited to a local appearance by former professional wrestler, author, and motivational speaker Marc Mero.

The public forum is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, in the Knightstown High School auditorium. Admission is free and the event is open to the general public.

Mero, who was known as Johnny B. Badd during his days with the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in the 1990s, will present a program about making smart choices and avoiding destructive decisions.

According to his web site (http://thinkpoz.org), Mero’s one-hour program is titled “Champions Makes Choices, Choices Make Champions.” His “Time is Now!” tour addresses the issues of bullying, suicide prevention, substance abuse, goal setting, dreaming big, making positive choices and achieving your highest potential, the web site states.

“Mr. Mero has a powerful message that holds value for everyone to hear,” Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation Superintendent Jediah Behny said. “As parents, teachers, or mentors of children, we cannot possibly spend too much time focusing on the power of positive choices. Maybe every generation says this about the generations that follow, but in today’s world there are so many dangerous pitfalls for young people to avoid. The hope is that this presentation connects and resonates with people in the audience and helps to provide them with the strength needed to make positive choices. We’d love to see the auditorium packed.”

KDC Investments, Inc. is sponsoring Mero’s appearance. KDC is owned by Knightstown businessman Joe Peacock; his wife, Denise; his mother, Connie; and his daughter, Katie Yelle.

The company built, owns and operates the new apartments in Spiceland, the apartments they built two years ago on Warrick Street in Knightstown and the new apartment complex they are building behind CVS in Knightstown.

“Denise and I believe that Mr. Mero’s message is one that fits well with today’s youth and seems to resonate with them,” Joe Peacock said. “When Denise and I approached Mr. Behny about Mr. Mero presenting at our school system, he was very familiar with and excited about the chance to get someone like Mr. Mero to the Charles A. Beard School Corporation, but budgets just would not allow for this type of expense this calendar year. So, Denise and I proposed that we would sponsor the event and donate the funds required to be able to get this to happen. That was met with high level of gratitude and excitement by Mr. Behny and we proceeded forward from there.”

Peacock went on to say Behny was able to partner with KDC Investments on some of the expense to the extent his budget allowed, and Peacock and his family determined they wanted this message to be heard in their community.

“Denise and I believe the real world experience that Mr. Mero will share with our youth could benefit them for years to come,” Joe Peacock said. “We also felt that the families in our community could also benefit from this message and Mr. Behny agreed. So, we determined that we would have an evening presentation for families ... and open it up to the surrounding schools systems as well.”

Peacock said he thinks Mero’s presentation will be well worth the time and should be a very memorable experience.

Mero’s program has been presented to more than 1,600 schools and has reached more than 750,000 students, parents and educators, his web site states.

In addition to his evening program in the KHS auditorium, Mero also will be be meeting with CAB students from grades 6 to 12 during the day on the 16th.