Words can’t express how nice it feels to get to do this again…
Whenever I speak to kids… I always love giving some lucky volunteers a chance to come up in front of their peers and hold one of my championship belts. I want to give them the chance to feel like a champion… even if it’s just for a few minutes.
I have them come up to the front and help me show the group some classic wrestler "poses" of a few of my heroes when I was a kid growing and becoming passionate about the world of professional wrestling. The smiles on the kids' faces when I do this is worth it every time.
For the last number of years, I haven't had the chance to speak to youth in-person. All of my speaking has been done virtually. My virtual audience is sometimes very large. But, all I see is a small green light on my computer screen. I didn't get into the business of professional speaking to talk to a green light. I did it because I genuinely love interacting with young people and inspiring them. Words can't describe how awesome it is to get to see smiling faces once again.
I like to bring the kids up to the front to pose and hold my belt because the audience always gets a kick out of it. But that's not the real reason. The real reason is that it's an effective tool for me to share some lessons I've learned in my journey of achieving my childhood dream of becoming a professional wrestling champion.
One main lesson I've learned in my journey is how important it is to focus on the POSITIVE rather than the NEGATIVE. I try to instil in kids the importance of developing a champion’s mentality rather than a victim mentality. If we focus on the negative all the time… we develop a victim mentality. A champion has the ability to focus on the positive and use that to drive them forward in their goals.
We live in a world with a lot of struggle and negativity around us. I take it as a privilege that I get to share some positive stories with kids and help them realize that there are still positive people in this world willing to come alongside them and help them.
We all have the power to be a positive influence to those around us if we simply decide to be. You don’t have to be in the “big time” to make a BIG difference.
Cody Deaner is now taking speaking bookings for the 2022-23 school year.
Cody is back and offering IN-PERSON presentations to schools across North America.
You can read all about the various speaking topics & workshops he offers HERE.
You can also read more testimonials from satisfied clients and inspired youth HERE.
To inquiry about booking a presentation for your school or organization, you can fill in the form on the bookings page, or email Cody directly at BookCody@CodyDeaner.com
For the months of June, July, and August 2002, Cody Deaner did another grassroots "Giv'er for Charity" campaign to help raise awareness and funds for the Rumball Camp of the Deaf.
Cody had this to say about the fundraiser on his social media:
"I have to say THANK YOU…
When I started “Giv’er for Charity” in 2018, I had no idea the places it would take me or the people it would bring into my life. This past summer, my journey brought me back to an amazing place… the Rumball Camp of The Deaf
My most recent fundraiser was done like all my fundraisers… at a very grassroots level. I don’t have a big marketing firm behind me pumping it. It’s literally just me, some merch I was able to print at a discounted rate due to some kind people, and kids that I’ve connected with in my journey. Together we spread the word about amazing places like Rumball… and people give us money.
All this money was literally raised by people looking into my eyes and handing me cash. They buy a shirt at a show knowing where the $ is going… and smile when I tell them that ALL OF IT (I don’t keep any for overhead costs) is going directly to the charity of choice. That’s it. It’s that simple. Just kind people donating cash.
I know the amount isn’t astounding. But the love and kindness shown by strangers truly is. It always blows me away when fans I meet are so generous with their hard-earned money and are willing to help spread awareness to amazing organizations like The Bob Rumball Foundation for the Deaf
So… THANK YOU to everyone, who over the last few months, shared a link, told a friend, or donated their money to this wonderful cause.
On behalf of me, my buddy Christopher, the kids who will now be able to attend camp because of your generosity, and the fine folks at the Rumball Camp of the Deaf… thank you!"
To learn more about "Giv'er for Charity" and how to get involved, click HERE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec 6th, 2021
Cody Deaner is “Inspired to Inspire”
A virtual family event to inspire youth and raise money for an important cause
Port Bruce, ON, Dec 6th, 2021 – Cody Deaner announced today that on Thursday, Jan 13th, 2022 at 6:30pm EST, he will be hosting a special virtual event for families of all ages.
Cody Deaner will be running a virtual event where he will inspire families by sharing the story of his journey of becoming a professional wrestler, despite all the hardships he faced along the way. The virtual event is entitled - "Inspired to Inspire."
“I love sharing my story with young people,” Cody says. “I grew up in a small town in the middle of nowhere. But, despite growing up in a small town, I had a big dream. I wanted to be a professional wrestler and wrestle in the same ring as my childhood heroes – guys like Hulk Hogan, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. And despite all of the obstacles I faced in my journey, I was able to overcome them. And I achieved my dream. I think right now, more than ever, young people need to hear messages of hope and positivity. I feel inspired to inspire young people right now. And if my story can inspire just one young kid who is struggling right now… then that would make me very happy.”
Cody is also a professional motivational speaker, and one of the key themes he tries to instil in youth is the idea of “Focus on the Positive.”
“For many years, I’ve travelled across the country sharing my story in elementary schools and high schools. Since the pandemic, I haven’t been able to travel into schools to do in-person presentations. So, I’ve been travelling ‘virtually’ into schools via live streams to deliver my message,” Cody says. “One thing I’ve had to do over the last number of years is practice what I preach – FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE, rather than the negative. I decided that I want to bring these positive and hopeful messages to young people and families alike in a fun, inspiring, interactive, and affordable way.”
In 2018, Cody Deaner decided he wanted to give back to his community by starting a charity fundraising campaign entitled “Giv’er for Charity.” During these campaigns, Cody partners with young wrestling fans he has met in his life, and together they raise money for different children’s charities across the country. One of those charities is the Lansdowne Children’s Centre. The Lansdowne Children’s Centre's mission is to support children and youth with physical, developmental or communication needs, and their families. Cody has done various fundraisers in the past with the Lansdowne Children’s Centre alongside a very special friend of his – a young girl named Regan.
You can read about the special bond between Cody and his friend Regan (aka “Rags”) here.
“I’ve had the honour and privilege of working with the Lansdowne Children’s Centre in various fundraisers over the years,” says Cody. “I learned about this wonderful place through my friend Rags, who benefitted greatly from their programs for autistic children when she was younger. I got to visit the Centre with Rags to see first-hand the amazing and loving staff at Lansdowne. It’s truly a remarkable place. I’m excited to donate a portion of the proceeds from this Inspired to Inspire event to the awesome team at Lansdowne.”
A portion of all ticket sales for the “Inspire to Inspire” virtual event will go the Lansdowne Children’s Centre and their children’s programs. There will also be a prize raffle and other opportunities for donations.
How to attend this special virtual event:
Visit CodyDeaner.com, to purchase a virtual ticket for the event. Tickets start at just $9.99 for the entire family.
“I wanted to make this event very affordable for families,” Cody says. “My hope is that entire families will gather in front of their computer or television to participate in this live event with me. It will very much be a fun, family-friendly event, that is suitable for young children, older teens, and adults alike. The messages I share are universal and I'm certain that people of all ages will take away something positive from this event.”
When you purchase your ticket, you’ll be asked to give your email. Once you purchase your ticket, you’ll receive an email with confirmation of your purchase. And you’ll be sent the exclusive live link to the stream that will go LIVE on YouTube at 6:30pm EST on Thursday, January 13th, 2022.
What’s happening at the event:
- The event will be approximately 1 hour in length
- Cody will share his exciting and inspiring journey of being a young wrestling fan with a dream of being a professional wrestler, and share how he achieved his goal and eventually became a professional wrestling champion
- There will be a LIVE and interactive Q&A where families can ASK CODY ANYTHING and he’ll answer it live during the event!
- There will be opportunities to WIN EXCLUSIVE PRIZES!
- There will be an opportunity to have a private ZOOM meeting with Cody and your family, as well as get a personal video message from Cody
- There might even be a special guest or two during the event
“I can’t wait to see all the families that attend this special event. And I can’t wait to see how much money we can raise for the Lansdowne Children’s Centre,” Cody says. “Regardless of how many families attend, or how much money we raise, I know that we are going to be bringing awareness to an amazing children’s foundation, and inspiring families during these difficult times. I’m feeling inspired to inspire!”
Cody Deaner is a Canadian professional wrestler who has been wrestling for over 20 years. He currently wrestles for Impact Wrestling, which is seen in 150 million homes in 120 countries worldwide. Cody Deaner is also a professional speaker who dares youth to “Dream BIG” and speaks to young people about perseverance, being a positive influence in your community, and following your dreams. Cody Deaner can be reached for wrestling bookings and speaking engagements at BookCody@CodyDeaner.com. To learn more about Cody Deaner and his career, visit www.CodyDeaner.com
Cody Deaner is currently offering a unique virtual experience to all libraries. It's called the "Read with a Wrestler" program.
Cody shares his love of storytelling, tells his own personal story of his journey of becoming a professional wrestler, does a live Q&A with participants, reads a fun wrestling-related book to the kids, and then shares a wrestling-related craft too!
If you think your local library would like to take part in this special virtual program, have them contact Cody at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cody Deaner is now offering completely customizable and personalized virtual presentations for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.
To learn more about booking a virtual presentation at your school or event, click HERE.
Cody Deaner & "Giv'er for Charity" raising money for multi-sensory room at Community Living Oshawa/Clarington
Cody Deaner is now doing special personal shout-out videos!
For $30 (via PayPal or e-transfer)... you can get a 1-2 minute personal video message from Cody Deaner himself! Whether you want to get it as a gift for a family member or friend... or one for yourself... Cody has turned down these requests in the past... but isn't saying no anymore!
Email email@example.com to book your personal video message!
Cody Deaner had the following to say on his social media:
"I miss my young fans. I miss performing at wrestling events and seeing their young faces getting absorbed in the action. I miss standing on stage at a school in front of hundreds of eager and engaged kids who end up being inspired by my stories. I've decided I want to do something to stay connected to my young fans in some way.
So, for the next few weeks I'm gonna do something fun for my young fans... a colouring contest! A very talented artist, Sue Gray, made this colouring picture for me. So it's simple, colour the page, share it on social media with me tagged in it so I see it, I'll pick a winner, I'll tell everyone why it's awesome, and I'll give you a prize!"
Click here to print off a printable .pdf version of the picture:
The prize will be:
1) A special shout-out from Cody Deaner on his social media
2) A personal video message from Cody Deaner
3) A "Giv'er for Charity" t-shirt... just like the one in the colouring page!
Cody will announce the winner of the contest on August 19th.
Have fun! Get colouring! And just GIV'ER!
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