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The Walking Tall Movement proudly supports

"Cooper"

Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins and NWA bring you the

"HP Cares for Cooper Roberts Benefit Show - Saturday, July 8th 2023"

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Cooper's Story

Cooper Roberts, an 8-year-old boy full of youthful energy and zest for life, had an ordinary existence prior to July 4, 2022. He reveled in the activities typical of his age, such as engaging in sports, playfully wrestling with his twin brother, and finding joy in dancing to various music genres, particularly country music. Cooper eagerly anticipated the start of third grade, his spirit brimming with excitement. However, his life took an unimaginable turn during the Highland Park Independence Day parade.

Tragedy struck when a mass shooting erupted amidst the crowd gathered to celebrate the Fourth of July. In the midst of the chaos, Cooper fell victim to the violence, sustaining a grievous injury as he was shot in the back. The incident left him with life-altering consequences, confining him to a wheelchair for the rest of his days. The shooting not only shattered Cooper physically but also left an indelible mark on his spirit, forever altering his perspective and forcing him to confront unimaginable trauma at such a tender age.

In the midst of this tragedy, Chris Maliszewski, co-founder of the Walking Tall Movement, experienced the unimaginable alongside Cooper. Touched by the suffering endured by Cooper and his family, Chris and the Walking Tall Movement are committed to supporting the efforts of Billy Corgan and the NWA in raising funds for Cooper's ongoing medical and family needs. Their shared belief in the power of love and unity drives them to spread the message that there is more good in the world than bad, and that love will always prevail. Together, they aim to make a lasting impact, inspiring hope and a better future for Cooper, his family, and everyone affected by the tragedy.

HP Cares for Cooper NWA Event

“HP Cares for Cooper” is a free event for the community and marks the highly anticipated return of Corgan’s National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) to the Chicago area . Through sponsorship, donations and a raffle, the event will help raise the funds needed for Cooper’s ongoing care, medical equipment and to retrofit the family’s home. Funds raised will go directly to the family and will additionally benefit the care of his twin brother Luke, who was also injured during the mass shooting. (see below for ticket and reservation information)

By attending this charity show, fans will not only witness thrilling wrestling matches but also make a profound and positive difference in the lives of the Roberts family, while showing the resilience of the Highland Park community. The NWA is dedicated to giving back to communities and believes in the power of wrestling to unite people for a common cause.

"We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has shown extraordinary love and support as we fight for Cooper," said Keely Roberts, Cooper's mother. "It is the kindness and unwavering dedication of our community that has sustained us during these challenging months."

'HP Cares for Cooper” will feature an incredible lineup of wrestling stars including NWA World's World Women's Champion Kamille, the winners of the 2023 Crockett Cup Tournament Mike Knox and Trevor Murdoch, NWA National Heavyweight Champion EC3, the NWA United States Tag Team Champions 'the Country Gentlemen' A.J. Cazana and Anthony Andrews, NWA Women's Tag Team Champions 'M95' Madi and Missa Kate, NWA Women's Television Champion Kenzie Paige, Joe Alonzo, Thrillbilly Silas Mason, Natalia Markova, Robert Anthony, Jay Bradley, and many more.

There will be an additional opportunity to see the complete National Wrestling Alliance roster in action on Sunday, July 9, for NWA Powerrr tapings at Studio One, located at 1799 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. Two blocks of television tapings will allow fans to immerse themselves in the excitement of witnessing their favorite NWA stars in action. Doors open at 1 p.m. for the first block, with the show commencing at 2 p.m. For the second block, doors will open at 5 p.m., followed by the show at 6 p.m. Tickets for the tapings can be purchased at NWATix.com or at the door. These tapings will provide fans with an opportunity to be part of the electrifying atmosphere of a live television production. (see below for ticket information)

Event Details

What: 'HP Cares for Cooper'
When: Saturday, July 8. Doors open at 1 p.m., and this free event kicks off at 2 p.m.
Where: The Recreation Center of Highland Park, 1207 Park Ave W, Highland Park, IL 60035. Tickets: NWATix.com

Tickets for ‘HP Cares for Cooper’: Available starting Tuesday, June 20, at 12 pm CST at NWATix.com. While admission to the ‘HP Cares for Cooper’ show is free, fans who wish to secure VIP seats in the first or second rows can reserve those tickets for a minimum donation of $75 at NWATIX.com. In addition to reserving tickets, attendees are invited to contribute any amount of money as a donation to this special event.

 

Donations can be made at the venue or electronically via a QR code that can be scanned using their phones. Event sponsorships and a raffle will also benefit Cooper Roberts.

 

What: 'NWA Powerrr Tapings'
When: Sunday, July 9, for NWA Powerrr Tapings, Doors open at 1 p.m. for the first block, with the show commencing at 2 p.m. For the second block, doors will open at 5 p.m., followed by the show at 6 p.m.
Where: The Recreation Center of Highland Park, Studio One, located at 1799 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park.

 

Tickets: NWATix.com

Tickets for ‘NWA Powerrr Tapings’: Available starting Tuesday, June 20, at 12 pm CST at NWATix.com. Tickets start at $24.95+

"The NWA is thrilled to return to Highland Park for this special weekend of wrestling and charity," said NWA President William Patrick Corgan. "We selected the Rec Center of Highland Park as the venue for the charity show because it serves as a centralized location for the community to gather and have a great time. We are honored to partner with the Roberts family, who have endured so much since the tragedy. This event is a testament to the community's resilience and the unifying power of wrestling.” Additionally, following the successful live pay-per-view and recorded television taping held at Studio One last April, “I am delighted to be returning to this venue, which provides an intimate experience for our fans."

Exclusive merchandise will also be available for purchase at both events. The National Wrestling Alliance invites all fans, wrestling enthusiasts, and members of the community to come out and be part of these remarkable events. Together, we can make a positive impact and support those in need during this challenging time. Please note that the card and information are subject to change. For tickets and updates, please visit the NWA's official website at NWATIX.com and follow the NWA on social media.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL WRESTLING ALLIANCE

Established in 1948, the National Wrestling Alliance is one of the oldest and most prestigious professional wrestling brands worldwide. In 2017, internationally renowned recording artist William Patrick Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) acquired the NWA with the vision of reinventing the brand for the modern era while honoring its legacy from the 1980s. The NWA has expanded its programming, starting with the critically acclaimed Ten Pounds Of Gold docu-series, followed by weekly broadcasts of NWA Powerrr, available for free on the NWA YouTube Channel, and six annual pay-per-view events, which can be purchased on the FITE TV streaming platform.

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The Walking Tall Movement was created by two survivors of two separate mass shootings and a renowned Doctor of Psychology whose mission is to inspire humanity to Walk Tall for those suffering with their mental health until they can Walk Tall on their own.The Walking Tall Movement is guided by strength, compassion and love.

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Chris Maliszewski

Survivor of the Highland Park, IL mass shooting on July 4, 2022. Former College Baseball Player and Assistant Coach. Current Director of Recreation for the Park District of Highland Park.

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Dr. Vanetta LaRosa

Founder and current Executive Clinical Director/Ph.D., BCBA-D, at Helping Hands Licensed Behavior Analyst services and Adjunct Associate professor at LIU and Daemen College.

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Todd Blyleven

Survivor of the Las Vegas, NV mass shooting on October 1, 2017. Former Professional Baseball Player, Coach and MLB Scout. Corporate Sports Industry Expert. Current owner of The Scout Hub.

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