When you understand your life’s purpose, you begin to live life more intentionally. In other words, you are more aware of the tools that are needed for the task ahead. This purpose-driven mindset can be found within certain men and women living within our community, however, what makes this force even more powerful is when those people meet other like-minded individuals, or groups, who share the same purpose. At this point, partnerships can be formed and lives are positively impacted. One thing that our journey has taught us is that the right partnerships can change the course of one’s history, forever.

This clearly illustrates what took place on September 4, 2019 at Sligh Middle School. Leaders and businesses, who have identified that it is their purpose to help build a stronger community, came together to connect with Thaddeus Bullard, also known as WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil and founder of the Bullard Family Foundation, to learn how they can partner with his vision to help engage, build and empower the families of East Tampa. Thaddeus looks to accomplish this impact by building the “Sligh Avenue Community Center”. This modernized-urban-style arts center, designed by Beck Architecture, will be the birthplace for inspiring and cultivating new futures for the youth who live in this area. 

Thaddeus says it like this;

“Exposure changes people. Let’s expose East Tampa to something they’ve never seen before.” 

Thaddeus M. Bullard is an accomplished athlete, philanthropist and entertainer as WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil, who has a heart for youth and the community.  He is a fixture with the WWE regularly appearing on “Monday Night RAW”, “Smackdown,” “Wrestlemania” and other marquis events around the world. Out of the ring he is known for his commitment to philanthropic activities. He has helped to raise millions for various charities, secure scholarships for student-athletes and regularly mentors at-risk youth. His annual Joy of Giving holiday event in Tampa gives 10,000 underprivileged children gifts, and services to families in need.