All money raised by Usos Foundation goes into the foundation to offer scholarships to at-risk youth and to cover the facility rent and operating expenses. None of the board members or administration is paid, all are volunteers.
In addition to learning top-of-the-line skills in the sport of wrestling and self defense, the program will provide the youth with various traits and skills in other areas which include: self-esteem, the mind-body-spirit connection, public relations, experience in filming, photography, editing, journalism, script writing, sales, marketing, and other entrepreneurial skills. All of which are skills that can be used in the business world, since many of these kids will not have the option of attending college.
I was born Laurel Danielle Bullock Varty, the only child of a failed marriage between two star crossed friends. I took my great-grandmother's maiden name, O'Connor, to celebrate my Celtic heritage.
My parents divorced when I was a toddler, my estranged father was never a positive part of my life. My single mother's parents struggled to assert a positive influence, providing balance and stability.
I struggled in school, due to a difficult home life and chronic health problems. Small for my age and bullied, I found courage and confidence through sports, bodybuilding and martial arts. Wrestling, music and performance art were an escape for me.
After much upheaval, I enrolled in UCF on an exceptionally high scoring GED and entrance exam, but was unable to graduate, losing my financial aid due to a severe ear infection of which nearly cost me my hearing.
We lost our family house to foreclosure, forcing yet another difficult round of hardship and insecurity. I pursued a career in sports journalism, not very lucrative, but it enabled me to go places I would not have been granted access. At one event, I was plucked from the audience by a friend and offered the opportunity to be a part of the wrestling promotion. Initially declining the offer, I soon realized that this may be a way to manifest the dreams that I had been forced to set aside.
I found myself on the card with the very wrestler who introduced me to the WXW Family and the Anoa'i Dynasty. Recognizing that my heart is truly in this business, Afa and his famous family has taken me under their considerable wing. My life will never be the same, and I remain forever grateful for this opportunity.
Laurel Bullock Varty
Usos Foundation Board Members
Executive Director: Andy Salgado
President: Afa Anoa'i
Vice President: Lynn Anoa'i
Usos Foundation files a yearly 990-N form to the Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service.
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Usos Foundation is proud to announce that we have partnered with Charity Wines for their newest brand, Legend Cellars. We are honored to be the first wrestling affiliation with this great fundraising opportunity. Legend Cellars recently released four brand new wines to accompany the eight original wines featuring professional wrestlers. The inaugural release included wines featuring wrestling superstars, The Wild Samoans, Rocky Johnson, Scott Hall, Samu, Haku, The Iron Sheik, Ricky Santana, and the late Davey Boy Smith. The four new wines feature High Chief Peter Maivia, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, The Magnificent Don Muraco, and the Alofa Forever sparkling white wine featuring High Chief Peter Maivia and his wife Lia Maivia. Proceeds from the sale of these wines benefits Usos - The Samoan Family Foundation.