A wrestling superstar stepped out of the ring and into a Hillsborough County classroom Tuesday.
More than 100 students and staff were on hand as Sheamus visited Folsom Elementary School.
The WWE star made a surprise visit to one of his youngest fans.
"I saw someone coming and I heard 'Hey everybody!" said second-grader Lex Strickland. "I kept doing my work and I looked at the door and it was Sheamus. He called my name. I felt so happy."
Strickland was one of more than 25,000 children who competed in a six-week Wrestlemania Reading Challenge.
He was randomly selected for the grand prize: a school visit from his favorite wrestling hero.
"These kids watch the show every week, and I feel sometimes we have a responsibility to let them know about how importing reading is," Sheamus said. "We get through sometimes on a different level than their teachers they see every day."
Sheamus was joined by WWE Star Xavier Woods. The pair read the book "Otis" and autographed copies for students who attended.
Strickland's parents called the experience invaluable.
"I think this could open some doors in his mind of what he wants to do in the future," said Lex's father, Doug Strickland. "It's wonderful. He'll always remember this. "
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
Didn't find what you were looking for?