WWE is a company that wants to bring bullying to the forefront. They want to let the WWE Universe know that bullies will not be tolerated, and that bullying by any means is just WRONG! In 2011 WWE and The Creative Coalition co-founded Be A STAR (Show Tolerance and Respect) which is an anti-bullying initiative.
The mission of Be A STAR is to encourage young people to treat each other with tolerance and respect as well as teach this effort through education and awareness of not only the solutions, but the problems.
“Our mission at WWE is to put smiles on people’s faces and we do that, in part, by supporting programs and initiatives that positively impact children and families around the world,” said Stephanie McMahon, Executive Vice President, Creative, WWE. “We are proud to offer organizations tools and resources to help fight bullying, a critical issue facing young people today in schools, communities and online.”
The Creative Coalition and WWE this past August announced the first-ever Be A STAR grant program. This program will allocate $100,000 in grants. Four $25,000 grants will be awarded to qualified non-profit public charities who have programs which have focused on not only developing, but also implementing anti-bullying programs.
If you’d like to apply for the grant program, you must do it quickly. Applications are due by Friday, November 1, 2013. You can find the full rules and the grant application here.
WWE has also partnered up with GLAAD who’s mission is to amplify the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.
You may have heard in the news about Fred Rosser (better known as Darren Young) coming out, and openly saying that he is gay, one of the first gay wrestlers to come out openly while still on the active WWE roster. WWE stood behind him the entire way, with a rep saying: “We will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar. Today, in fact, Darren will be participating in one of our Be A Star anti-bullying rallies in Los Angeles to teach children how to create positive environments for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation.” This statement was made the day after he had came out. It’s great to see the WWE support their superstars!
To Celebrate the Be A STAR program that the WWE is involved in, the WWEMoms are having a Twitter Party!
BE A STAR TWITTER PARTY!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
7 – 8 pm ET / 4 – 5 pm PT
Every 7 minutes a child is bullied.
Be a part of the conversation to discover what bullying is, how to talk to your children about bullying, specific problems facing LGBT youth, and how to make schools and communities a safer place for your child.
Join the chat for a chance to win a Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Wireless Speaker, a Victorinox All-in-One Charging Set, or a Longchamp Tote Bag!
(Click here to learn more about our Twitter chats. You must RSVP and attend the party to be eligible for a prize.)
Email WWE@theonlinemom.com with the subject line: WWEmoms be sure to include your Twitter Handle
Spread the word and RT this post on your Twitter feed
Join us on TweetDeck or HootSuite (#WWEmoms) this Thursday between 7 and 8pm ET
Tell your Twitter followers!
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October 23, 2013 – 11:26 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, Giveaways, twitter party, Wrestling, WWE | 1 Comment »