Rich had goals of standing at the top of the podium, something that he had dreamed of his whole life. Staying sober was not enough, he wanted to beat all odds and become the best version of himself that he could. He wanted to change his life by becoming a better person, someone he could be proud of.
Over a 10 year period of competing he became a five time All American. In 2015, he competed at the World Wrestling Championships in Athens, Greece and in 2016, he finally reached his goal of becoming a National Champion.
He has been clean and sober for over 14 years and travels the nation sharing his story to inspire others to not go down the path of destruction that he went down. His story was showcased on ESPN and won an Emmy Award in 2009.
Today he talks in depth about the dangers of addiction and uses his personal story to encourage people to make positive choices by creating a vision, making attainable goals and staying on course. His message is that everyone can Be a Champion in Life!