A new foundation, honoring the life and legacy of WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes, has now been launched.
The family of Dusty Rhodes has shared a mission statement for the foundation on Instagram. The goal of the foundation is to help children play sports, paying homage to Rhodes’ legacy with youth athletics.
The foundation shared the following statement:
Our foundation was started in loving memory of one of the greatest and most influential professional wrestlers of all time: “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. Long before he entered the squared circle, Dusty’s dreams began on the playing fields of his youth. He was a gifted athlete in many sports and his baseball & football abilities earned him a full athletic scholarship which made him the first in his family to attend college.
Throughout Dusty’s storied career, he reached through the television and entertained millions, but a lesser-known passion was his role with youth athletics. Dusty gave this time, talent, and treasure to helping children play sports. He was a coach and mentor to many young athletes, some of whom went on to attend college on athletic scholarships themselves.
Dusty was an inspiration to all those who knew him. For his dreams to live on, we must inspire and support the next generation of athletes. Many children today do not have the opportunity to play sports because of the yearly rising costs associated with organized leagues & travel ball. Additionally, many underserved communities simply don’t have the ability to offer sports programs for children.
By supporting the Dusty Rhodes Foundation, you can help carry out Dusty’s legacy and dreams by helping children play sports who couldn’t otherwise. Together we can inspire and support youth athletics in disadvantaged and underserved communities and make a big difference in the lives of these amazing children.
Michelle & The Rhodes Family
In addition to his in-ring work, the American Dream is fondly remembered for his contributions to the WWE Performance Center, guiding a generation of new stars before his passing in 2015.
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