A recent visit with comedian Bill Cosby inspired Taylor to launch the tour.
“I had the opportunity to meet him briefly when he came to Tulsa maybe 2 ½ or three weeks ago,” Taylor said. “Hearing him talk just set all this stuff rolling around inside of me, ideas I'd been having for a long time. He called on us to put legs to our ideas.”
Taylor, who won 2012 Midwest Emmy and Telly awards as a producer of “The Wayman Tisdale Story,” realized it was time for him to give back.
“This is just the first year, the inaugural year,” said Taylor, who hopes to expand his Rising Star program to a national effort. “We're going to do this every November and December. Next year we'll have more schools and give out more awards.”
For more about Taylor's motivational tour, go online to www.coreytaylorlive.com.
We're looking for kids who have gone through hardship in their life, but they kept on pressing and moved past those obstacles. … They've got to show resiliency. They've bounced back from hardship and adversity. They will have decent grades, not necessarily As and Bs but maybe mostly Bs and Cs, something that shows they're improving.”
Corey D. Taylor