He’s known for delivering knockout, drag-out fights in the ring. But this Thursday, WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil, known outside the ring as Thaddeus Bullard, will be delivering a Tampa-area youth a new wheelchair.
Teaming with Wheelchairs 4 Kids, Bullard will give the new sporting wheelchair to 11-year-old David, a student at Chiaramonte Elementary School in Tampa, Fla.
David’s current manual chair is in disrepair. The new Top End Pro-2 All Sport chair will make David’s desire to play sports possible.
“David deserves a bright future to fulfill his dreams, just like anybody else,” Bullard said. “I’m honored that I can be part of making at least one of his dreams a reality.”
Bullard, a University of Florida graduate and an athletic Hall of Fame inductee won the prestigious 2014 Humanitarian & Community Service Award, which recognizes his significant contributions to the sports industry and charitable efforts both locally and globally. Presented by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Bullard was presented the award by director Jessie Jackson in July.
Bullard is also active in the Ad Council’s Fatherhood campaign through fatherhood.gov that inspires dads throughout the country to get more involved in their children’s lives.
Influenced by his two sons, Thaddeus Jr. (T.J.) and Titus, Bullard is committed to giving back to the community through charity. He is also a valued member of the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) and strives to be a positive role model in his and other children’s lives.
“Giving back to those less fortunate is something I feel very strongly about,” Bullard said. “I was fortunate enough to have people invest in my life which has helped me become the person I am, so I feel not only honored, but obligated to do the same for others.”
Eleven-year-old David has Spina Bifida, which means “cleft spine.” The congenital disorder is characterized by an incomplete development of the brain, spinal cord, and/or meninges, the protective covering around the brain and spinal cord.
Wheelchairs 4 Kids is a Tampa-based charity rooted in supporting and improving the lives of children with disabilities by providing wheelchairs, home and vehicle modifications as well as other assistive devices. David will mark the organization’s 100th donated wheelchair.