LEWISTOWN - The second annual "Bodyslam Bullying" wrestling event is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 21 at the Brooklyn Fire Co. at 218 S. Main Street.
One of the wrestlers participating in the event is Lewistown native Bulldog James Dylan Frymyer, who himself endured bullying and understands the effects of it.
According to government statistics, an estimated one in four people will be a victim of bullying during the course of their lives.
Frymyer said he was bullied because of his weight and Attention Deficit Disorder, but that didn't stop him from pursuing his dream of one day becoming a professional wrestler.
"I grew up thinking something was wrong with me," Frymyer said.
In high school, Frymyer focused on his dream of one day becoming a professional wrestler, determined to not let anyone destroy his dream.
To give back to others, Frymyer said, he became vice president of the Best Buddies Organization at Wilson High School in West Lawn, Pa. Pairing up students with mentally and physically challenged students helped them understand each other, tackle schoolwork, talk about their feelings and coach them in the Special Olympics.
Frymyer said he has always wanted to be able to change these kids' lives and show them that they are worth more than they might feel based on the way some other people treat them.
Frymyer has spoken to many of the Central Pennsylvania Wrestling fans that follow him in the social media network about not giving up and remaining positive.
In helping to bring the community together to fight bullying, CPW will have a couple special guests attending the show. Kenny Varner from the Burnham Bulldogs will be there with the biggest Bulldog fans to share information on how you can enroll a child to play or cheer on the team, help those interested in volunteering with the team, or even if you are interested in attending games and showing your support.
Tracy Reesman will also be attending the event from the new support group called H.E.A.R.T. - Help Education Advocates Resources Together - will also be available. H.E.A.R.T. provides parenting support for children with any form of mental/behavioral issues. Behavioral health, special needs, abuse, bullying, trauma, ADD, OCD, PTSD or any other mental health issue. H.E.A.R.T. meets once a month and features professional guest speakers from both local and state levels of support to help educate you on what is available and how to receive the best help to fit your needs.
The Chris Ruble band will also put on a performance at 6:30 p.m.
Wrestling kicks off at 7 p.m. and Frymyer will be joined by former WWF leader of the Brood, Gangrel, as well as former WWE, WCW and ECW superstar Stevie Richards.