I love covering all sorts of pop culture events, but I especially enjoy spreading the word on important causes. Next weekend, on July 8-9, the National Wrestling Alliance is putting on two very special events.
On Saturday, the NWA presents HP Cares for Cooper, a fundraiser for Cooper Roberts, a youngster shot in the back during the horrific mass shooting last year in Highland Park, IL. On Sunday, there are two NWA Powerrr television tapings.
While both days promise excellent wrestling action, the focus is really on raising funds for the Roberts family to help with medical expenses of Cooper and his twin Luke, also injured in the shooting. Saturday is a free event, but donations are encouraged.
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Missa Kate, one of the wrestlers slated to appear. "Chicago's favorite sweetheart" is one half of the NWA Women's Tag Team Champions (along with Madi Wrenkowski). She discussed her 127 day title reign, wrestling in her home area and more, including the Highland Park events, of course.
This will really be a wonderful event, pulling together the Highland Park and wrestling communities. I applaud the NWA and Billy Corgan (NWA President and Highland Park resident). I will be "On the Beat" all weekend and reporting back here.
Check my interview at On the Beat with Missa Kate on the Johngy's Beat YouTube channel. Check NationalWrestlingAlliance.com for more info on these events and other NWA news. Also, go to TheEveryDayFan.com and Patch.com for more of the story.