Wednesday, May 29, 2024

‘Shark Tank’ Investor Daymond John Surprises Teen During Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort | WATCH

*Today, ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ investor and successful businessman Daymond John left an aspiring young entrepreneur speechless when he surprised the student during the Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort with a personal invitation to join him on the set for a taping of ‘Shark Tank.’

Te’Lario Watkins II, 16, from Blacklick, OH, thought he was in the middle of a media interview Saturday morning during Disney Dreamers Academy when John made a surprise appearance and delivered the personal invitation to visit the ABC show set in Los Angeles. For Watkins, it was a magical dream come true moment.

Since he was seven years old, Watkins has run his own small business, Tiger Mushroom Farms, which cultivates gourmet mushrooms and sells dry mushroom products. Additionally, he is the founder of a non-profit called the Garden Club Project, which addresses food insecurities in his community.

John is one of several celebrities taking part in Disney Dreamers Academy, the Walt Disney World Resort mentoring program that runs through Sunday. Olympian Sanya Richards-Ross, Hollywood veteran actor Lance Gross, Disney actress Dara Renee and other TV and movie stars are serving as mentors and speakers.

Businessman Daymond John & Disney Dreamer TeLario Watkins II of Blacklick, OH - (2024-Disney)
Businessman Daymond John & Disney Dreamer TeLario Watkins II of Blacklick, OH – (2024-Disney)

This is the 17th year of Disney Dreamers Academy, a five-day event designed to broaden career awareness and create opportunities for 100 Black high school students and teens from underrepresented communities across America.

The 100 students are selected from thousands of nationwide applicants for a once-in-a-lifetime mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort. The program, supported by sponsors AT&T, Sprite, and Delta Airlines, is designed to assist young people in identifying and pursuing their dreams. Along with a parent or guardian, the students receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World to participate in the program, which features career-oriented workshops, leadership seminars, and presentations by celebrity guests, community leaders, educators, and Disney executives.

For more details follow @DisneyDreamersAcademy | #ddaDisney | #Be100 | DisneyDreamersAcademy.com

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