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WWE Superstar Titus O'Neil shares 5 rules for giving back

Sure, WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil looks tough. Very, very tough. But the Florida athlete and dad of two boys puts kindness at the top of his to-do list every single day.

Whether he’s handing out bicycles at his church’s toy drive or quietly supporting a family whose 3-year-old died of cancer, O’Neil’s drive to give back is almost as powerful as his signature "Clash of the Titus" finishing move.

Read on for his five rules for giving back — not just during the holidays, but every day.


1. Pay it forward.

“People invested in me at a young age when they had nothing to gain in return. I come from a single-parent home, and my mom was a very, very young parent. I went a place called the Florida Sheriffs' Youth Ranch, and had it not been for the kindness and love and care of people from all walks of life, I would not have had the opportunity to be in the position I’m in today. The more successful I became, I was repaying the investment people made in me when they didn’t have to.”

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2. Live it year ‘round.

“I tell my kids all the time: ‘Don’t be like me. Be better than me.’ Sometimes parents tell their kids to do one thing, and then they see them do the complete opposite, and that’s confusing. If I’m telling my children to respect other people and to love other people, if they don’t see me doing that, how can I expect that of them? I’m their first role model, regardless if I’m a WWE superstar, pro athlete, or a school teacher. And we should be the one that our kids want to emulate.”

3. Show your kids the world.

“Don’t isolate your kids to the neighborhood or the school or the sports that they play. Expose them to homelessness. Expose them to pediatric cancer, so they not only know what it is, but they also see firsthand how just saying hello or giving people a hug or giving a homeless person a sandwich can change a life in that one instance.”

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4. Help however you can.

“About a year and a half ago, I met a boy with cancer named Logan Larrabee, a huge WWE fan. He wanted to meet John Cena, but he was traveling. I ended up staying for three hours and four hours after I left, the kid passed away.

My Heart Is Very Heavy at this moment. At 11:45pm last night I received a message about a 3Year old Boy named Logan Larribee that is a Huge @WWE FAN. He Loves @JohnCena and wanted to meet him or any other @WWE Superstar. I contacted the family last night and told them that I would love to meet Logan before I went to Europe this Saturday and they were ecstatic. This morning I woke up at 4:15am excited to see my oldest son TJ host an event at his school and afterwards I was off to meet Logan I went throughout my house looking for cool stuff to sign and give him then headed to the Larribee Home. I walked into the house and Logan's dad Jim gave me the Biggest Hug and I know that thanks for what your doing for my son Hug is. I went over to Logan laying on the couch and had to do all I could to keep from crying as he looked happy even in pain. Out comes 3 other boys 5,11,12 year old brothers that I didn't know he had. We laughed,Played video games,Prayed and talked as if we knew each other for years. I want to ask that EVERYONE please Pray for the Laribee Family as I was just informed that Logan has Passed away. Coincidentally I'm at soccer practice watching my sons run around and have a ball. This is Very tough for me. As a Father I could never imagine life without my boys and hope that I never out live my kids. The positive from this is that Logan was happy before he left this earth,I met a truly awesome family that I will continue to support in anyway that I can and I Was Blessed With Meeting One of the Bravest Souls in a Kid that I've Ever met. In closing, Love those that you can,Help those that your called to help and when God Says go somewhere GO!! We never know Why or how life will go a certain way but at least we can lean on God!! #RipLoganLarribee #familyfirst

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I’ve never lost a child. So when the dad called, I asked if there was anything I could do. Logan had three brothers, so I told him, 'Meet me with your other three boys.’ I had them stay the night over my house, play in the pool, and I took them to the movies while their parents made funeral arrangements. We’re all still friends to this day.”

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5. Stay humble.

“I’m accustomed to sharing because my family was all we had. We had to learn how to live off a little. There were times we didn’t have much food, and we lived in an apartment in the projects. There’s nothing wrong with coming from humble beginnings; it’s remaining humble and remembering that when you’re walking past people in the street. Rather than shying away from people, when I see them I hug them or I tell them hello or I pray for them. It’s just in me.”

Catch Titus on the WWE's Tribute to the Troops, airing Wednesday, December 23 from 8-10 pm ET on USA Network.

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