Superstar wrestler Hulk Hogan caught a break from his recent string of bad publicity when he received an unlikely award at unlikely place Wednesday afternoon.
The Hulkster was honored with a humanitarian award presented by the National Indian Gaming Association for his work with the Dreamseekers Foundation at the Las Vegas Global Gaming Expo.
Hogan and NIGA president Ernie Stevens co-founded the non-profit organization to provide Native American children with the resources to further their education.
Hogan has been known more for his ongoing family drama and alleged affairs and less for his charity work, but Stevens reminded the crowd that the ‘80s icon is one of the top requested appearance at children’s hospitals.
After noticing the lack of Native American children in these hospitals, the former wrestler wanted to reach out to children in Indian County, Stevens said, and Hogan approached him in 2005 about setting up the foundation.
Hogan said through working with sick children and meeting his Native American fan-base, he became concerned about health care for children in Indian nations. The foundation has grown and now deals with more than just health concerns, addressing issues in poverty, education and social issues.
The wrestler has also worked closely with the Make a Wish Foundation and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
“My life has had a lot of changes in the past few years and at the end of the day you find our what’s real and who’s real and what this life is all about and at the end of the day it’s about living in abundance and helping who you can,” Hogan said.
Hulk Hogan the humanitarian…who knew?