K. Rob delivers anti-bullying message
While recovering from a nagging shoulder injury this winter, four-time X Games Gold Medalist Kevin Robinson, along with Rhode Island area flatlander Chris Poulos, are offering motivational speaking seminars to schools throughout the Northeast area. The seminars, which are aimed at students of all ages, teach the benefits of character building, perseverance, living a positive lifestyle and bully prevention. "With schools right now, there is a huge problem with bullying, it's not just a problem, it's an epidemic. And we're just spreading a message of anti-bullying, living a positive lifestyle and self-reliance," says Robinson.
Under the "Kevin and Chris" moniker, Robinson and Poulos, both based in Providence, R.I., decided to undertake the endeavor because they feel that, as BMX riders, students treat them as peers instead of adults, and can relate better to the messages being taught. Paired with a part of the show devoted to BMX stunt riding, Kevin and Chris have received positive results from the many schools they've visited.
"The Kevin and Chris Show reinforced our character education curriculum to the extent that our children were actively involved and engaged in the experience," said Peter Emr, the principal of School #4 in Fort Lee, N.J. "Kevin and Chris have provided not only their talent, but sincere concern for the development of our student's character," he continued.
The seminars, which can take a variety of forms from hour-long presentations to all-day engagements, are personally designed for each group of students, and based around the real life stories of success and failure that Robinson and Poulos have encountered as a result of riding BMX at a professional level. "Because we have excelled in a sport that is based solely on self motivation, we are able to encourage the students to dream their life, then live their dream," says Robinson.
Robinson, 39, experienced a torn rotator cuff in September of 2009, and suffered repeated shoulder dislocations during the 2010 season. At X Games 16, Robinson's shoulder dislocated three times, bringing his 2010 Pro Vert season to a premature end. In early December, Robinson returned to the vert ramp, and is balancing riding alongside charity work at his own non-profit, The K. Rob Foundation, in East Providence, R.I., as well as motivational speaking through Kevin and Chris.
Poulos, also, 39, is a former flatland world champion that continues to ride BMX on top of becoming a nationally ranked marathon runner.
Kevin and Chris are currently available for speaking engagements throughout the U.S. Interested parties can contact them directly through the Kevin and Chris Motivational Speakers Web site.
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