Olympic gold medalist, inspiration for “Foxcatcher” to speak in Victoria

by Katy Walterscheidt | Jan 26, 2015

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From the highs of Olympic wrestling gold to the lows of his brother’s murder, Mark Schultz will tell how he took a life-altering tragedy and turned it into a story of triumph when he speaks at Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity’s fourth annual Speaking of Sweat Equity Series.

The event will be at 7 p.m. March 28 at the Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Dr. Schultz, gold medal Olympian and two-time World champion freestyle wrestler, is the author of “Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother’s Murder, John du Pont’s Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold.”

The book depicts Schultz’s rise to the pinnacle of wrestling, and how the murder of Dave Schultz — his brother, role model and wrestling partner — caused his world to crash down around him. Schultz will share his message of persevering through disappointments, hardships and tragedy in his speech, titled “Wrestling with Overcoming the Odds and Life’s Obstacles.”

“Foxcatcher” is a recently released, major motion picture loosely based on his story, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. The movie was nominated for three Golden Globes and five Oscars. “Foxcatcher” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Best Director prize.

Tickets sales begin January 26 and can be purchased online at www.goldencrescenthabitat.org or at the Victoria Fine Arts Center box office. Ticket prices are $20, $30 and $50. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10 percent discount.

Proceeds from the event are used to help build simple, decent, affordable homes for local families in need. Ben Keating, owner of Port Lavaca Auto Group and the event’s presenting sponsor, said he likes to support the event because Habitat provides something tangible.

“You can actually see how the funds at Habitat are helping someone here in the community,” he said. “We have enjoyed being the presenting sponsor the last couple years because of the relevant and unique speakers who were brought to Victoria. Habitat is a great cause with which my family has a long personal history and I enjoy supporting the organization.”

Since 2012, the annual Speaking of Sweat Equity event has raised enough funds to help build five homes. The event name pays homage to the fact that every Habitat partner family invests 300 hours of “sweat equity” in lieu of the cash down payment a typical homeowner pays when purchasing a home. Featured speakers address how they invest their own forms of sweat equity to overcome personal and professional challenges.

Previous Speaking of Sweat Equity event speakers include Marcus Luttrell, the Lone Survivor; Emmitt Smith, former Dallas Cowboy, member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and “Dancing with the Stars” winner; and Bethany Hamilton, the Soul Surfer.

About Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity
Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, International, is a nonprofit ecumenical ministry that helps build simple, decent, affordable homes for people in need. It serves Victoria, Lavaca, Jackson, and Goliad counties. The Habitat affiliate was founded in 1994 and completed its first home in 1996. In the past 20 years, Habitat has built 85 homes that provide a roof over the heads of more than 300 people. For more information, visit www.goldencrescenthabitat.org.