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Louisville, KY (WDRB) -- He plays a bad guy, but WWE's Damien Sandow is hoping to keep the violence in the ring by singling out child abuse.
Sandow has a busy schedule. He's attending 10 different events in Louisville on Thursday and Friday.
Thursday afternoon, he visited with excited students at Wheatley Elementary School. They cheered as he walked in.
Kosair Charities brought in the WWE personality and children's advocate. Here's here for a Child Abuse Initiative. The goal is to educate adults and children through a ten-year prevention plan to stop child abuse throughout the Commonwealth.
In 2010 and 2011 more than 18,000 Kentucky children were victims of abuse or neglect. 18 children died.
As an avid child advocate, Sandow talked to kids about personal health choices and the importance of telling adults when something is wrong. He also told them when he was a kid, people laughed when he said he wanted to be a wrestler some day.
Sandow says, "There were people who told me I wouldn't achieve my dreams and I have and I just want to tell them anything is possible if they just believe in themselves and that's not to sound generic. I'm living proof that it can actually happen."
You can meet Sandow at Metro Hall from 5 to 6 Thursday night. He'll be in the 3rd floor conference room for photos and autographs.