Matthew Kaus to Lead Justin Wren’s Heroes In Waiting


Matthew Kaus to Lead Justin Wren’s Heroes In Waiting


As part of its continuing mission to “defeat hate with love,” Oklahoma City-based non-profit Fight for the Forgotten (FFTF) has named championship wrestler and digital consulting specialist Matthew Kaus as director of its Heroes In Waiting bullying prevention and character development initiative. A partnership with Century Martial Arts, the Heroes In Waiting program provides field-proven curriculum and support to martial arts academies, schools, and other organizations.

“I'm stoked to welcome Matthew as part of the team,” Wren says. “I respect him so much as a competitor and coach, but mostly as a friend and kindred heart. And with his experience steering the message and strategy for Fortune 500 companies, I can’t wait to see where he leads the Heroes In Waiting initiative.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 160,000 students stay home from school on any given day because they are afraid of being bullied. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in 4,400 deaths per year. For every suicide there are 100 attempts, and a bullied kid is anywhere from two to nine times more likely to consider suicide.

“These statistics break my heart,” says Kaus. “I truly feel with the voice that Justin Wren has and the amazing people here at Fight for the Forgotten and Heroes In Waiting, we have the opportunity to build an army of youth who are trained how to recognize and react to bullying, beginning with their own personal character development.”

Kaus also has a message for the parents of potential Heroes In Waiting students. “We love your children like they are our own,” he says. “A child’s mind lacks the capacity to solve the problems that are presented each day with physical, emotional, and cyber bullying. Our mission is to provide kids with the tools and training necessary to shape their hearts and minds, and end bullying in the process.”