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BMX Champion Brings Anti-bullying Message and Tricks to Cross Creek

BMX champion Matt Wilhelm gave students at Cross Creek Charter Academy words of encouragement while performing tricks he has described as “breakdancing on a bike.”

Wilhelm with student on bike

Along with telling his story of how being bullied as a kid led to him becoming a national champion, Wilhelm performed award-winning BMX tricks recently at an assembly for Cross Creek scholars. Wilhelm holds a mark recognized by the Guinness World Records for the most tail whips, is a three-time X Games medalist and two-time U.S. national champion and has performed on “America’s Got Talent.”

Wilhelm on bike

After grabbing their attention, students heard from Wilhelm on how he persevered and the kindness, positivity, and the difference a person can make.

Wilhelm with student on bike

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Cross Creek Charter Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school in Byron Center, Michigan, serving students in Young 5s through eighth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes more than 100 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit

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