Assembly Speaker Uses BMX Skills to Get Positive Message Across

Assembly Speaker Uses BMX Skills to Get Positive Message Across

Matt Wilhelm, a Guinness world record-holding cyclist, visited Elmwood Elementary School on Aug. 27 for an anti-bullying assembly. The program mixed a positive message of resilience and kindness with a display of his BMX tricks. (Photo courtesy of Elmwood School)

Champion cyclist Matt Wilhelm brought his BMX skills and his own story about overcoming obstacles to Elmwood Elementary School on Friday, Aug. 27.

A two-time BMX national champion and three-time X Games medalist, Mr. Wilhelm performed BMX tricks for an enthusiastic audience of Elmwood students as he delivered a message of resilience and empowerment based on his experiences of being bullied as a teen.

Using his bike to overcome his fears, Mr. Wilhelm transformed himself into a world-class cyclist.

He began sharing his story with students around the country in 2005, emphasizing the positive qualities of perseverance, kindness and strength of character that he gained from his experiences.

As his website puts it: "Matt initially thought that he would speak at 10 schools per year. He had no idea that the topic of 'bullying' was about to become such a big national issue. He is now one of the most requested school assembly speakers in the country. Matt visits over 300 different schools per year and has shared his story with literally millions of students."

Thank you, Mr. Wilhelm, for visiting the Panthers! Here are a few photos from the assembly. All photos are courtesy of the Elmwood Elementary School administrative team.

Matt Wilhelm and Elmwood students

Matt Wilhelm helps an Elmwood student ride his BMX

Matt Wilhelm shows an Elmwood how to use his BMX

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