This morning the Hillsborough County School Board announced that they had voted unanimously to add WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil‘s Thaddeus M. Bullard Academy to Sligh Middle Magnet School. An honor bestowed upon O’Neil in recognition of his service to the Hillsborough County Public School System.
Titus O’Neil has been involved with the Sligh Middle Magnet School since 2016, and he has continued to do a tremendous amount of work for the community in Florida.
BREAKING NEWS: As announced on #WWETheBump, the Hillsborough County School Board voted unanimously to add @TitusONeilWWE's Thaddeus M. Bullard Academy to Sligh Middle Magnet School in recognition of the contributions from Titus. pic.twitter.com/An1yCHS4pS
— WWE (@WWE) July 28, 2021
This morning, O’Neil called this recognition the highest and most respected honor that he could ever receive:
“I was once labeled a ‘bad’ kid and told I would be dead or in jail by the time I was 16,” said O’Neil. “This is the highest and most respected honor that I could ever receive considering there was never any expectation of me ever finding much success in my life. Hopefully this will prove to any student who comes from an underserved community that anything is possible when you believe.”
Titus O’Neil also took to social media following the announcement to thank the Hillsborough County School Board for the honor:
“HUGE HONOR!!” wrote O’Neill. ” Thank you @HillsboroughSch School Board and to my family and supporters of my @BFFTampa foundation work not only at @SlighMiddle but in all my endeavors to Positively change lives.”
HUGE HONOR!! Thank you @HillsboroughSch School Board and to my family and supporters of my @BFFTampa foundation work not only at @SlighMiddle but in all my endeavors to Positively change lives ❤️ https://t.co/0iVtorBqQO
— Titus O'Neil (@TitusONeilWWE) July 28, 2021
During this year’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, Titus O’Neil was also given The Warrior Award, a clear recognition of the amount of humanitarian work he has done in his home of Tampa Bay, Florida.