WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon has done a lot of important things in his career: fall off a steel cage, sing and dance, perform colon surgery, defeat God in a tag-team match, have his head shaved by Donald Trump, die in a limo explosion, be brought out of a coma by Freddie Prinze Jr. … listing his accomplishments here would take all day, and trying to paste in that many YouTube links would break at least two of my index fingers.
Last night, Mr. McMahon added a new, real-life accomplishment to that list when he was inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.
“Ensuring today’s youth have the encouragement and inspiration they need to pursue their dreams is at the core of our organization, and the Class of 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees all showcase how a local Boys & Girls Club can be a critical element to ensuring a great future,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of BGCA. “We are honored to have such exemplary inductees join the other prestigious members of the Boys & Girls Club of America Alumni Hall of Fame in its 25th year.”
The press release continues: The Elizabeth City Boys & Girls Club provided McMahon with a sense of belonging and a vision of what is possible, both of which were lacking in his home environment. He looked up to Club staff, who mentored and cared about kids. The feeling that somebody cared about him meant the world. Meeting other kids and teens from all walks of life showed McMahon there was a whole world of possibilities out there beyond what he knew. Since those early days, McMahon has become one of the most well-known pioneers in the entertainment industry, catapulting the WWE brand from a small, regional wrestling promotion to a global, family-friendly entertainment brand with television programming in 650 million homes in more than 175 countries and 35 languages. Today, WWE is one of the most recognized brands in the world with nearly half a billion social media followers. McMahon continues to carry forward the experience he had at The Club by supporting numerous programs and partners to help make a positive impact in the lives of children and families around the world. (Via community.wwe.com)
To put it another way, “he was once a scared, confused little kid in North Carolina and now he’s a famous, crazy rich guy with dinosaur skulls in his office.” It’s a life well-lived.