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Where I grew up in Tennessee, professional wrestling was hugely popular. I was a kid during the second Golden Age of professional wrestling. While our parents had Gorgeous George, boys and girls in my day talked about Friday night matches between favorites like Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, and Hulk Hogan.
Even then wrestling had a charitable side–Hulk Hogan was the most requested celebrity for Make-A-Wish visits in 1980.
The WWE still maintains a strong focus on its charitable side with corporate social responsibility site, Community. WWE Community supports diversity, education, hope, and military charities and outreach programs.
WWE’s Be A STAR Program
The Be a STAR program encourages young people to Show Tolerance And Respect. Founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE in April 2011, the mission of Be a STAR is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation.
In a nutshell, it’s an anti-bullying initiative that works through grassroots efforts beginning with education and awareness. Be a STAR promotes positive methods of social interaction and encourages people to treat others as equals and with respect because everyone is a star in their own right.
Parents, if you are concerned about your child being bullied, please check out the Be a STAR resources for you. You are your child’s best, strongest advocate, and she needs your help if she’s being bullied.
The Creative Coalition and WWE have created the S.T.A.R. Alliance, a group of actors, musicians, comedians, athletes, television personalities and members of The Creative Coalition, who have joined together to help put an end to bullying during Summerslam.
Members of the S.T.A.R. Alliance include: Quinton Aaron, Jose Bautista, Andrea Bowen, Erin Cummings, Tim Daly (Creative Coalition President), Daughtry, Omar Epps, Flo Rida, Skylar Grey, Tony Hawk, Alyssa Milano, Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, Darius Rucker, and Pete Wentz. Altogether, some heavy hitters from the world of sports and entertainment.
The Creative Coalition, members of the S.T.A.R. Alliance and WWE will spread the Be a STAR message of showing tolerance and respect to help combat bullying.
S.T.A.R. Alliance members will also participate and share their stories at Be a STAR anti-bullying rallies across the U.S. as part of WWE’s community outreach events.
Take action by learning more about how your child can Be a STAR, and even start a Be a STAR chapter where you live.
Bullying isn’t like a disease like small pox. It won’t be stopped by a one-time shot. Bullying stops when ever kid knows it’s not okay to treat or be treated in way that shows a lack of respect for people’s differences. I hope that the information from Be a STAR helps children nurture a strong sense of respect both for themselves and for others.
Find out what’s new, what’s next, and how your kid can Be a STAR.