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.