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Midland University to host Warriors of Purpose

Midland University to host Warriors of Purpose

Apr 28th , 2017

Midland University is joining forces with a group of reality TV personalities to educate students on the dangers of substance abuse and to bring awareness to mental health issues that impact them. Warriors of Purpose will stop at the Wikert Event Center at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4.

During its Nebraska Tour, Warriors of Purpose also will visit with students at Fremont Middle School, Hastings College and Fremont, Omaha Nation, Oakland-Craig and West Point-Beemer high schools.

Warriors of Purpose, which is comprised of community leaders and personalities who have competed in reality TV contests such as “Survivor,” “Amazing Race” and “Big Brother,” was formed earlier this year. Its mission is to bring hope and purpose to students through substance abuse and mental health education and awareness. The group’s members have experienced the effects of substance abuse and related mental health issues such as drugs, alcohol, depression, anxiety and suicide.

“At Midland we are always looking for ways to provide an education with a holistic perspective. Being able to sponsor the Warriors of Purpose Team is an exciting opportunity for our campus,” said Merritt Nelson, Vice Present for Student Affairs. “This experience will engage our students in the teaching/learning process and will encourage personal and collective responsibility. We thank the Warriors of Purpose Team for their support of Midland University and the surrounding schools.”

Sierra Dawn Thomas, who is appearing on the current season of the CBS reality competition “Survivor,” will be among those attending the Warriors of Purpose events in Nebraska. Warriors of Purpose co-founders RJ Vied, an author; Rodney LaVioe Jr., who appeared on “Survivor 30”; and Sheri LaBrant, who competed in “Amazing Race 28”, also will be part of the presentation.

Others scheduled to attend are: Victor Arroyo, who appeared on “Big Brother 18”; Cristina Coria, who appeared on “Survivor 13”; Trish Hegarty, who was on “Survivor 28”; Shane Lewis, who was on “Naked & Afraid”; Anna Khait, who appeared on “Survivor 32”; and Carolyn Rivera, who was on “Survivor 30.”

“Warriors of Purpose is excited to kick off our inaugural substance abuse and mental health education and entertainment tour at Midland University,” LaBrant said. “We look forward to impacting lives and changing communities through education and awareness. Our platform as reality TV personalities gives us a unique opportunity to connect students who need help or guidance with local and sustainable resources. We would like to thank Midland University and all the sponsors and schools who have made this trip possible.”

The Warriors of Purpose tour will:

Bring substance abuse and mental health education and awareness in order to break the addiction and mental health disorder stigma.

Provide resources, opportunities and avenues to help those who have been or could be affected by substance abuse, mental health disorders and addiction.

Warn students of the dangers of experimenting with drugs and alcohol.

Several Fremont-area organizations have made financial contributions to help with the expenses of the Warriors of Purpose tour. Those organizations include Fremont Area Crime Stoppers, Fremont Area United Way, The Bridge, Fremont Kiwanis Club, Holiday Inn Express and Gene Steffy Chrysler Jeep Dodge.