As seen on All Access: Wilder vs. Breazeale, WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is looking to be more than a boxer.
The Alabama born Wilder took to PS 288 in New York this week to deliver an inspiring message to the student body, comprised of Pre-K-8th Graders.
“I’m here to say I was just like you young guys, just in a different state, in a different city, different environment. Every time I woke, there was negativity,” Wilder told the kids at the event put on by the “Game of Life” program, which focuses on helping children stay out of trouble.
“But, with you guys, you guys are powerful. Your words are powerful. The things you speak, the things you think. Your surroundings that you surround yourself around every day is powerful. And, I want you guys to know that.”
“It took me 11 years to get here,” Wilder continued. “Many people died near me. Many people labeled me as statistics to society … ‘You ain’t gonna do nothing, you’re bad.'”