HARTFORD, Conn. — WWE Superstars and Divas continued to spread the Be a STAR Alliance’s anti-bullying message to the WWE Universe in Connecticut’s state capital!
After Friday’s successful stop at Jumoke Academy at Milner, more WWE Superstars and Divas visited the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA on Sunday afternoon in honor of Anti-Bullying Month!
One out of every four children is bullied, and a child is bullied every seven minutes, whether it’s cyber, physical or verbal. Through WWE’s campaign, children around the globe are encouraged to “Be a STAR: Show Tolerance And Respect.”
First, Divas Champion Eve and Brodus Clay hosted a Be a STAR rally at the Boys and Girls Club Sunday for more than 50 children. (PHOTOS | MORE PHOTOS) After welcome message by Boys and Girls Club President Sam Gray, Eve spoke to the students first about WWE’s commitment to the Be a STAR anti-bullying campaign not only during October, which is Anti-Bullying Month, but also all year long. Then, Eve and Brodus spent time with the kids, sharing their personal stories about bullying and encouraging them to start their own be a STAR local chapters. Finally, they led the students in the Be a STAR chant before an autograph session.
Simultaneously, approximately 50 students joined Jack Swagger and AJ Lee at Hartford’s YMCA gymnasium for a second Be a STAR rally. After talking to the crowd about the importance of standing up to bullies, the Superstar and Diva broke the group into smaller ones for more personal conversations about different types of bullying, including cyber, physical and emotional, and how it can be stopped. Before Swagger and AJ left the YMCA, they hosted an autograph session with the children.
For a year and a half, WWE Superstars and Divas have visited more than 40 schools to spread the Be a STAR message, affecting 20,000-plus children! This is in addition to the 20,000 people who have taken the Be a STAR pledge online at beastaralliance.org.
Be a STAR is made up of more than 50 alliance partners including Scholastic Inc., YMCA of America, Girl Scouts of America, GLAAD, RAINN and STOMP Out Bullying. For more information, visit beastaralliance.org, the Be a STAR Facebook page and on Twitter @beastaralliance. Also, log on to beastaralliance.org to take the official Be a STAR pledge and to download a free Be a STAR teacher’s aide and Be a STAR toolkit to start your own local chapter.