Chris Weidman Talks About His Hometown Charity Work
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.03.2014
He got involved because of a local news story...
Chris Weidman spoke with MMAjunkie about his work with Isiah Bird, a six year-old boy on a local youth wrestling team in his hometown who was living with his mother and younger brother in a homeless shelter. Bird was born without legs. Check out the highlights:
On his work with Bird: "That's my neighborhood where I grew up. I was bored and I clicked that story, and there was Isaiah Bird."
On Bird: "He's just an awesome kid, and he has no idea he has any issues at all. You hear about a 6-year-old kid living on the streets with his mom and his brother, no legs, no wheelchair, and he loves wrestling. That touched me."
On raising over $14,000 to help Bird and his fmaily: "It was unbelievable. Because Isaiah is so young, he really didn't get the concept of the fundraiser until he got there. But once he realized who Chris Weidman was, that was all he wanted to talk about. Even projects we did in school, they all one way or another ended up being about Chris Weidman."
On doing good through his increased fame as a UFC champion: "That's what it's all about. That's why you want to become champion and be an influence, so you can help other people out. There are times when you're busy, you get pulled in so many different directions, and you feel like you don't want to do anything. But you have to remember what it's really about."