The man behind M.A.C.H.O.:
The M.A.C.H.O. Foundation was created in honor of the legacy of our dad, Scott, who was killed in an automobile crash on December 27th, 2013 while responding to a family emergency. He was widely known and beloved as a character called "MACHO" that he created to entertain kids while wrestling in Jello at a summer camp in New York. He was a mentor, role model and hero to thousands and invented the acronym for M.A.C.H.O., "My Actions Can Help Others".
Outside his summer gig as a champion jello wrestler, Scott spent 30 years as a school teacher/assistant principal in the New York City public school system. He also worked as a professional wrestling agent, ringside manager/valet & celebrity publicist. In addition, he spent many years as a project adventure challenge course supervisor, substance abuse counselor, youth group leader & was an internationally published author, editor and photographer. Universally, he was admired in his chosen fields and in his personal life as a man with a heart of gold. MACHO looked out for everyone & was always there if you needed him. He was known for his striking smile, big mustache, colorful wrestling costumes & raspy voice.
Scott was a proud member of Narcotics Anonymous/Alcoholics Anonymous, who maintained his sobriety for more than 30 years. Though it is customary for people "in the program" to remain anonymous, Scott spoke out publicly for decades against the use of drugs and alcohol and mentored teenagers and adults who faced substance abuse problems. Conjointly, he worked as a director of youth groups where he mentored countless teens and assisted young adults with Down Syndrome, Mental Retardation and Autism. He was also the Public Relations Director of a national campaign to end bullying across America.
The stunning impact he had on others was seen in the thousands of posts across social media sites after the news of his death. Though heartbroken by our
tremendous personal loss, we have vowed to continue his good works with the launch of The M.A.C.H.O. Foundation in his memory.
is an acronym that stands for
My Actions Can Help Others.
The M.A.C.H.O. Foundation aims to inspire people to think with their hearts.
We believe empathy and compassion are core values that should be at the forefront of our society, and it is our contention that every one of us possesses what we call "M.A.C.H.O. Power." This is the power we are all born with that allows each of us to be somebody's real life superhero:
the power that makes it possible for even the smallest gestures of goodwill or positivity to have a dramatic effect on the people and the world around us.
We are promoting humanitarianism and creating an awareness that every little action, or lack thereof, counts far more than may be realized. We are accomplishing this through our advocacy work, school assemblies, special events, designated projects, camperships, and award recognition programs.
We hope to embolden a culture that goes against the stream of self-interest that too often exists in modern society, and we seek to redefine the meaning of masculinity for the next generation.
After-all, you don't have to be macho to be M.A.C.H.O.!