Reality stars to raise awareness of substance abuse, mental health education

Warriors of Purpose, a group comprised of reality stars from shows like “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race,” is coming to Hastings College on Thursday, May 4 to discuss substance abuse and mental health education and awareness. The group will speak at 7:00 p.m. in French Memorial Chapel. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The goal of Warriors of Purpose is to break the stigma of addiction and mental health disorder while providing resources, opportunities and avenues to help students who have been affected by substance abuse, mental health disorders and addiction. The presentation will include personal stories of the tragedies and destruction that participants have experienced first-hand.

Members of the group will stay afterward the presentation to answer questions, take pictures and sign autographs.

Individuals coming to Hastings College include:

  • Rodney Lavoie Jr., co-founder of Warriors of Purpose, appeared on Survivor
  • Sheri LaBrant, appeared on Amazing Race
  • Carolyn Rivera, appeared on Survivor
  • Trish Hegarty, appeared on Survivor
  • Victor Arroyo, appeared on Big Brother
  • Cristina Coria, appeared on Survivor
  • Anna Khait, appeared on Survivor
  • Shane Lewis, appeared on Naked & Afraid
  • Sierra Dawn Thomas, appeared on Survivor

Also appearing is the group’s co-founder, author and motivational speaker R.J. Vied, who himself is in recovery.

The stop in Hastings is part of the Warriors of Purpose team’s kick off a world-class substance abuse and mental health education and awareness tour.

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Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors and 15 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. For more, go to

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