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Growing up in nearby Oxford, Massachusetts, Kenneth Doane ’16 always dreamed of becoming a professional wrestler. After high school, he embarked on a wrestling career full-time when he signed with Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). However, after 11 years in professional wrestling, in 2012, Doane took on a new role as a sport management major and football player at Nichols College.
A gifted writer who was bullied at times as a child for being “too bony,” Doane used his experiences and authored the book, Billy’s Bully, the story of two friends, Joy and Billy, who are being picked on by the school bully.
While Doane approached a number of colleges about publishing his book, ultimately he selected Nichols because of his positive experience as a student. “I favored Nichols because I am a member of the Nichols family,” he explains. “I have been a part of many companies, groups, and organizations, but none of those compare to Nichols College.”
In some ways, Doane was surprised to find himself at college. “I always had the mindset that college was not for me or that it was not something that I could do,” he says. “Growing up, college was never addressed to us as students as often as it is now.”
When the time came to select a college, Doane selected Nichols initially because it was close to home. However, he now realizes that he made the best choice based not only on its location but on what Nichols offers its students. “Now as I am almost halfway through my Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management, I realize that I made the best decision,” he says.
In addition to his studies at Nichols, Doane continues to make appearances on the independent circuit as a professional wrestler and in the local area as an author, sharing his book and story with children and teens and encouraging them to stand up against bullying.