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updated: 9/13/2013 2:42 PM

BMX show in Hanover Park carries anti-bullying message

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  • Video: BMX rider entertains, inspires

  • America's Got Talent semifinalist Matt Wilhelm performs stunts on his BMX bike for an assembly at Horizon Elementary School in Hanover Park, while talking to the students about bullying, perseverance, bike safety and character.

       America's Got Talent semifinalist Matt Wilhelm performs stunts on his BMX bike for an assembly at Horizon Elementary School in Hanover Park, while talking to the students about bullying, perseverance, bike safety and character.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.comDuring a break between BMX bike stunts, America's Got Talent semifinalist Matt Wilhelm talks to students at Horizon Elementary School in Hanover Park about bullying, perseverance, bike safety and character.

      JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.comDuring a break between BMX bike stunts, America's Got Talent semifinalist Matt Wilhelm talks to students at Horizon Elementary School in Hanover Park about bullying, perseverance, bike safety and character.

  • JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.comStudents watch as America's Got Talent semifinalist Matt Wilhelm performs stunts on his BMX bike for an assembly at Horizon Elementary school in Hanover Park. In addition to performing the stunts, Wilhelm talked to the students about bullying, perseverance, bike safety and character.

      JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.comStudents watch as America's Got Talent semifinalist Matt Wilhelm performs stunts on his BMX bike for an assembly at Horizon Elementary school in Hanover Park. In addition to performing the stunts, Wilhelm talked to the students about bullying, perseverance, bike safety and character.

 
Daily Herald report

Professional BMX rider and America's Got Talent semifinalist Matt Wilhelm entertained students Friday at Horizon Elementary school in Hanover Park, and imparted a message as well.

Wilhelm was the star of two stunt-filled school assemblies whose purpose was to inform students about bullying, perseverance, bike safety and character.

He shared his own story about overcoming bullying, and his journey to earning three X-Games Medals, two national championships and a reputation as the fastest spinner in the world on a BMX bike.

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