BATON ROUGE, LA — LSU senior Mo Isom will appear on the nationally syndicated reality television series “The Real Winning Edge,” this Saturday, Nov. 19, on KZUP-Baton Rouge, at 10 a.m.
“The Real Winning Edge” is now airing in syndication nationwide through September 2012, and features real-life high school and college students who face challenges such as substance abuse or being abandoned by their parents. Each of the young people selected represents a sport or a field in the arts. The series documents how these youth have conquered the odds to achieve victory in their field of talent, and also how they battle difficult circumstances to achieve victory in their personal lives.
Isom, a mass communication major from Marietta, Ga., earned All-American honors this fall for the Lady Tigers soccer team, and has become one of the most popular athletes on LSU’s campus due to her “Meaux Vs” video series, which runs on LSUsports.net’s Youtube.com channel. She was also recently named the 2011 queen of the university’s homecoming court.
“It really is a special program, and it was such an honor to be a part of it,” said Isom. “It’s all about getting some positive stories out there for teenagers and young people.
“The Real Winning Edge” features high profile celebrities who introduce the students, including Olympic gold medalist Apolo Ohno, St. Louis Cardinals’ MVP Albert Pujols, NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon and former “American Idol” star David Archuleta. Isom will be introduced by Stephanie Cox, of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, which finished second in this year’s Women’s World Cup.
For Isom, appearing on “The Real Winning Edge” provided an opportunity to discuss some of the adversity she’s faced in her life, such as her father’s suicide in January of 2009, a major car wreck later in the year and a lifelong battle with an eating disorder.
“It really does help me,” she explained. “Ever since my father’s death, I’ve been moved to be very open about these things. Because when you go through a tragedy, you learn things the hard way, and if I can help somebody else by telling that story, it would be a disservice for me not to share them. And everybody has their problems, so people can relate.”
The series is produced by Challenger Films of Atlanta. Executive Producer and President Diane Preston-Reilly explained how this series is different from any reality series nationally broadcast.
“We wanted to create a series that isn’t based on sensationalism,” she said. “There are too many programs for youth that offer content that is denigrating. Instead, we go all over the United States and find young people who have misfortunes, but find a way to rise above them through their personal faith and discipline. Mo Isom is one of the most shining examples of courage we’ve done. Deep down, everyone today wants to be a winner. We try to show them in an entertaining way how to do that. That’s why we call the program the ‘Real Winning Edge.’”
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