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Upstate athlete presented with Key to the City of Simpsonville for community efforts

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Crowds start to gather for welcome home party for Thompson. (November 13, 2016 FOX Carolina) Crowds start to gather for welcome home party for Thompson. (November 13, 2016 FOX Carolina)
The "Wonderboy" himself arrives. (November 13, 2016 FOX Carolina) The "Wonderboy" himself arrives. (November 13, 2016 FOX Carolina)
SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A familiar Upstate athlete received a Key to the City of Simpsonville on Sunday for his efforts with the kids in the community.

Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson is not only called a positive role model for the children in Simpsonville, he has the resumé to prove it. Thompson acts as the head children’s instructor at his family's karate studio, Ray Thompson's Upstate Karate. He even makes the effort to provide kids with transportation to the classes by driving a minibus around town shuttling kids to the after school program.

Thompson was presented with the Key to the City during a welcome home party on Sunday. The party began at 7 p.m., but due to the UFC 205 competition in Madison Square Garden that he competed in the night before, he arrived a little before 11.

The band Retro Vertigo performed at the celebration where Thompson was awarded the key, and where the community honored him for his efforts with the children of Simpsonville.

"We are very proud to have such an outstanding champion athlete in our community," said Mayor Janice Curtis. "We want to give him the recognition and honor he deserves Sunday upon his return home."

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