EBLEN CHARITIES JOINS NATIONAL WRESTLING HALL OF FAME / DAN GABLE INSTITUTE IN PRESENTING WORLD HONORS
He has been, without a doubt, one of the most popular and recognizable athletes in the world for more than a decade. His accomplishments in the ring, television, and movies has more than made Adam Copeland, better known as “Edge,” a superstar in the realm of sports and entertainment.
But even with 16 world titles to his credit and a popular television show on the Syfy Channel, it is Adam’s work locally and across the globe for those less fortunate that shows he is a champion far beyond the ring.
It is for his selfless outreach that has touched thousands upon thousands of lives that Eblen Charities and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame /Dan Gable Museum is honored to announce that this year’s Lou Thesz World Heavyweight Championship Award is being presented to Adam this July at the Hall of Fame inductions in Waterloo Iowa.
Adam’s worldwide work has included the WWE Tribute to the Troops, various global hospital tours, Be A Star (anti-bullying campaign), I Have a Dream Foundation, Wrestlemania Reading Program, Sports Celebrity Festival for Special Olympics in Canada,
March of Dimes Canada, Make -A-Wish, Dreams Take Flight, Adam’s own “under the radar” turkey tours for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and Eblen Charities Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving program (with Brad Daugherty and Ingles Markets).
The Lou Thesz World Heavyweight Championship Award has been presented since 2007 in honor of six-time world heavyweight champion, Lou Thesz. L0u was renowned around the world not only as a great champion but as a gentleman with a heart for others exceeded his unparalleled accomplishments in the ring and in the business world.
But as champion, Lou knew and exemplified that the most important thing that any wrestler, athlete, or anyone for that matter could do was take the best of what they learned that made them successful and use it to reach out and help those who may be less fortunate. The award was created in memory of this incredible man, friend, and legendary wrestling champion, who held the NWA World Title six times in four decades. He passed away on April 28, 2002, at the age of 87.
To honor Lou and what he has meant to generations across the world for more than eight decades, Eblen Charities/ Eblen Center for Social Enterprise is once again joining the National Wresting Hall of Fame / Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and the Lou Thesz / George Tragos Hall of Fame in presenting the Seventh Annual Lou TheszWorld Heavyweight Championship Award to recognize those in the field of public service that have displayed exemplary work in touching the lives of those in times of need.
Six years ago the Eblen Center for Social Enterprise accepted a gracious invitation from Olympic Wrestling Champion, Dan Gable; Lou’s widow, Charlie; and then Institute Director, Mike Chapman in presenting the Lou Thesz World Heavyweight Championship Award. In 2007 Bill Murdock and the Eblen Charities were awarded the inaugural Thesz Award in Waterloo, Iowa.
Considered the ‘Nobel Prize of Wrestling,’ The Lou Thesz World Heavyweight Championship Award was established by the Lou Thesz / George Tragos Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2007 as part of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum.
The award is presented to an individual that has displayed the essentials of the sport of wrestling, skills, courage, and mental toughness and has applied those characteristics to the realm of public service, offering assistance to those in need throughout the world.
“Lou loved the Eblen Charities,” said Charlie Thesz, widow of the six-time world heavyweight champion. “He and I have been involved with their work for years and when we decided to establish the award, there was no doubt who the first honoree would be. Lou often said that you judge a wrestler by what’s above the neck, not below. In Lou’s mind, our first recipient, Bill Murdock was the world champion. And that is why we wanted the Eblen Center to be part of the giving of this award each year. They exemplify all that was and is important to Lou and me.”
“It is a great privilege to once again join Charlie, Dan Gable, and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in presenting this award. Adam has been a great friend and for him to use the renown he has earned in the ring and in the entertainment world to help others is a shining example of what leadership, public service, and the Thesz Award exemplifies. I cannot imagine anyone more deserving,” states Bill Murdock, executive director of Eblen Charities
“The Lou Thesz Award is one of the most important awards we give at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. Not only does it represent the spirit of goodwill, but it also represents the spirit of Lou Thesz,” states Kyle Klingman, director of the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum.