Sharing a message of love

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Terry Crews, host of “America’s Got Talent,” addresses the crowd at Heidelberg University Tuesday morning.

A man who fights human trafficking and slavery had a message of love at Heidelberg University Tuesday morning.

Terry Crews, host of “America’s Got Talent,” told those gathered in Seiberling Gymnasium that they are the world changers. Students there, he said, are the future.

Crews said he loved every person there.

“God bless you,” he said.

Information from Heidelberg describes Crews as an action-movie hero, game show host, a former NFL player and a best-selling author. He has played characters in “The Expendables,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and Old Spice commercials.

Crews also works with the Polaris Project, a non-profit organization that fights human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

He was the keynote speaker for Heidelberg’s final HYPE Career Ready Program of the semester Tuesday morning. HYPE skills include communication, collaboration, conflict management, work styles, job search skills and values, according to information from the university.

He said Heidelberg was one of the first universities that asked him to come speak.

Crews said success was going to cost. He encouraged people to listen, think and ask questions to themselves.

“Figure out what in your life can change. … The world is getting better,” he said.

Crews recalled his family moving to Los Angeles. He decided to get behind the scenes and try to get into the Hollywood scene.

Crews recalled not knowing who he was and not caring.

“Nobody feels more sorry for (themselves) than a toxic man. … It was always about somebody else,” he said.

Crews said everybody in America has been taught that competition is good. Creativity, he said, is the exact opposite of competition.

“Cruelty’s the name of the game in competition,” he said.

In creativity, Crews said, everybody has a place.

“There is no king of the hill. … Every person here in the world of creativity, you are necessary. If you don’t do what you’re supposed to do, it’s not getting done,” he said.