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.
It is an absolute honor to receive this scholarship from Afa and the Usos Foundation. They are helping me one step at a time to try to achieve my dream of being a pro wrestler and along they way I am learning a whole different meaning of the word "family". I remember the 1st time I saw Wrestling on TV, I watched The Rock deliver a Rock Bottom to Rikishi in the middle of the ring. I find it amazing how now I am training underneath Pops' guidance and teachings. It's hard to believe that it was not destiny that made this possible.
When I was younger, everyone would shoot down my dream of becoming a pro wrestler. If you were to ask my friends and family 10 years ago if they thought I would ever be this far along towards reaching my dream they would've thought you were delusional. I love that I can now stand here today and prove all of them wrong. I went through a very dark time before Afa and Mom awarded me this scholarship. I had lost 3 of my best friends within 3 weeks, popped 3 of the tires on my car with no money to pay for them, and my family got foreclosed on our house, and then one day I was stuck outside my house in the cold and rain for an hour straight. I had to punch a hole through a glass window in order to let myself back in. When I got inside I lay down and passed out as I thought to myself... can it get much worse than this?
The very next day I went to Wrestling Training at the Gym and Mom and Pops called me into their office and told me that they would love to give the Adam Carreras Scholarship to me. Just at the sound of what they had just told me, I burst into tears and thought that all the suffering I had been enduring the past few months had finally paid off. It was like a dream come true for me and my family. My mom was also very excited and struck with emotion. She was so distraught over the fact that she didn't have the money to help me pay for my dream and she loves and thanks Mom and Pops for providing me with the opportunity that she couldn't.
I have learned so much from my time with Pops and the rest of his blood family and the WXW family. I have learned that Family is most important 'cause they will always be there for you through anything. I've learned that there is only one man who has talent on loan from god in PC- Richard J Creiado. I've learned that O'Doyle Rules!. I've learned that a match with Dylan Night and Candi will always be High Profile. I've learned that there is no one more explosive than TNT Mottley. I've learned to believe in Nick Nero. I've learned that there is no better 3 time Cruiserweight champion more high flying than Sean Maluta. I've learned that no one can eat their own pants and a bag of potato chips better than The Puerto Rican Hound Dog. I've learned that there is only one Silverback from the outback, Mark Silva. I've learned there is no one more Frat-tastic than Chris Russo. I've learned that there is no one more funky than Jamaican Funk and more funny than Hatchet City. I've learned that there is no one more sweet and beautiful than Miss Kimberly. I've learned to always try to have a nice day with a side of BANG BANG!! I've learned that I have a great friend in Kekoa The Hawaiian Warrior. Last but not least I have learned that there is no one more vicious, more ruthless, more aggressive, more wild, and more kind, more loving, more caring... than Pops. I love Pops so much and I would take a bullet for him. That's saying a lot because Noah is one of my best friends and I wouldn't take a bullet for him. Might push him out of the way though.
I would like to thank all of the Wrestling Legends associated with Pops and the Usos Foundation as well as all over the world, because without the dreams of younger wrestlers, today wouldn't even become a reality if it wasn't for them. I would like to thank my girlfriend for always supporting me and keeping my spirits up through all my hardships and troubles. I would like to thank the parents of Adam for establishing such a wonderful scholarship in his name. I would also like to give a special thank you to one person who is not here tonight; Aleki. Before he left I told him that I loved him even though I've only known him for a short while. He told me something that I'll never forget and that is this: " You need to do more than being a Ref. Not only do you need to but you are capable of being and doing so much more." I will never forget that. People like him are what drive me to keep going, keep pushing until I cant push anymore. I know if he was here right now he would tell everyone... that we suck.. with love of course.
Once again a special thanks to the Usos Foundation and everyone else who made this possible for myself.
Aaron S. Landis
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Usos Foundation Board Members
Executive Director: Andy Salgado
President: Afa Anoa'i
Vice President: Lynn Anoa'i
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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.