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Miami-Dade teachers union president joins wrestling match against bullying

A promotional flier for the My Life My Power wrestling match featuring United Teachers of Dade President Fedrick Ingram.
A promotional flier for the My Life My Power wrestling match featuring United Teachers of Dade President Fedrick Ingram.

In the ring: Daniel Puder, a former World Wrestling Entertainment star and undefeated mixed martial arts champion, and other noted wrestler, Major Mark.

Joining them in an unlikely tag-team against bullying, gangs and violence: Fedrick Ingram, United Teachers of Dade president, former band director and 2006 Miami-Dade Teacher of the Year.

Puder’s non-profit, My Life My Power, is hosting a wrestling match Saturday night that promises all the theatrics of entertainment wrestling – but with a message of hope and empowerment. Minus the spandex.

“Everybody wants to know whether I’m going to be in tights. And the answer is no,” said Ingram, who was also recently elected vice president of the Florida Education Association. “I will be in some kind of wrestling get up. But I definitely, certainly will not be in tights.”

Puder created My Life My Power after a stint in the pro-wrestling arena, spurred by his school experiences as a kids who was overweight, learning disabled and bullied. The organization now works in about 50 Miami-Dade schools and across the world, Puder said.

“We go into school systems and we work with educators, law enforcement and parents to create more vision- and purpose-driven youth,” Puder said. “When they have a vision and a purpose, they stay on track.”

Saturday’s match will be held at Miami Jackson Senior High and part of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards paying for My Life My Power curricula. Fans can snag autographs and snap pictures with the performers at a pre-show beginning at 5 p.m.

Kids and teachers who attend will walk away with a brand new pair of Saucony sneakers donated by the local non-profit Step into my Sole, which was started by a Miami man who found solace in running after his father was murdered.

Christina Veiga: 305-376-2029, @cveiga

To buy tickets, visit: http://www.eventbee.com/v/mlmpent

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