WWE wrestler Titus O’Neil takes more students to see ‘Black Panther’

Pinellas County

The fervor over Marvel’s “Black Panther” is still running high.

Over the weekend in China, the movie earned close to $81 million. That includes the movie’s $4 million on Wednesday.

Here at home, WWE wrestler Titus O’Neil continues making sure young people in the Tampa Bay area get to see it.  

O’Neil took almost 200 young people from several Pinellas County high schools to see the movie Wednesday night.  

Ninety percent of these students are Dr. Mac J. Williams award recipients, with a 3.0 or better grade point average.

The Dr. Mac J. Williams Sr. Salute to Academic Excellence award is given to African American students who have shown outstanding academic progress.

The other students are from the Pinellas County 5000 Role Model of Excellence program, which is a program designed to boost the self-image, increase social skills and academic performance of targeted young men.

O’Neil said for him, it’s about more than just a movie.

“We want to be able to let these kids be able to see themselves as heroes,” O’Neil said.

Since the movie opened last month, O’Neil has paid admission for nearly 2,400 students across the Tampa Bay area.

This time, he took money from a speaking engagement and gave it back to the group to take the kids to Studio Movie Grill in Seminole. 

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