In an effort to recognize deserving South Florida youth who promote the values of the Be a STAR anti-bullying program, World Wrestling Entertainment in conjunction with The Miami Herald is accepting nominations for a special meet-n-greet before a WWE show at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.
Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) was founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE in April 2011. The mission is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation 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.
WWE superstars and divas often make school visits throughout the country throughout the year, discussing how they dealt with bullying and stereotypes growing up and even into adulthood. They encourage students to Be a STAR.
Teachers, coaches or family members can nominate a South Florida youth, describing how that youth has been a STAR.
Three youth - selected by random drawing - will be invited as Be a STAR finalists to the WWE show at the BB&T Center on Friday, June 7 in Sunrise. Each finalist will receive two tickets to the show and a WWE prize pack. One of the three finalists will be drawn as the grand prize winner and participate in a meet-n-greet.
To nominate someone, e-mail Miami Herald Youth Sports Editor Jim Varsallone email@example.com.
About Be a STAR
Currently, Be a STAR has 58 alliance members, including National Education Association Health Information Network, GLAAD, STOMP Out Bullying, The Ad Council and the United Federation of Teachers all partnering together to take action against bullying.
As part of its mission, the alliance unveiled a free anti-bullying curriculum created by NEA HIN and True Educator, Inc. The teacher’s resource aide aligns with national education standards to complement existing mandated curriculums, and consists of nine lesson plans and video clips that teachers can access for free. The curriculum has been downloaded by more than 3,000 educators across the country.
Furthermore, The Alliance debuted Be a STAR Chapter Toolkits to help schools and communities start their own Be a STAR chapters. The free kit includes a guide on how to start a Be a STAR chapter, suggested activities, resources, a poster and other useful tools to combat bullying. The chapter toolkit has been downloaded by more than 4,000 students across the country.
Through the Be a STAR website, more than 30,000 people from 50 states and 91 international countries have taken the pledge to end bullying through WWE’s Be a STAR program.
In an ongoing effort to spread the word about tolerance and respect, WWE Superstars and Divas visit two - three schools or community centers per month to speak with students about bullying issues including sharing their own personal stories.
Additionally, the Be a STAR program also has many celebrities and public officials participating in these events and supporting Be a STAR and the fight against bullying including the Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, James Durbin, Micah Jesse, AnnaLynne McCord, Jordan Sparks and more.
Be a STAR at school
For students who are being bullied or who would like to start their own Be a STAR chapter, WWE provides these resources.
For teachers who would like to take action against bullying, WWE offers a downloadable teachers guide here:
About the teacher’s guide:
The free, downloadable Teacher’s Aide Resource Kit and Video Guide were prepared in conjunction with the National Education Association Health Information Network and True Educator, Inc. These materials promote tolerance and respect with the goal of eradicating bullying from schools and society.
Based on the film “That’s What I Am,” they entail powerful and proven information and tools for discussing bullying with students. Starring Academy Award-nominated Ed Harris, Chase Ellison, WWE superstar Randy Orton and Amy Madigan, “That’s What I Am” is a moving and thought-provoking look at the insidious ways bullying can affect people of all ages and how to overcome those effects.
The Teacher’s Aide Resource Kit and Video Guide includes:
Nine Thematic Lesson Plans (Courage, Responsibility, Dignity, Friendship, Advocacy, Resiliency, Empathy, Identity and Morality) with specific instructional activities and Student Activity Sheets.
Synopsis and clips from the film “That’s What I Am,” which is the foundation of this Teacher’s Aide.
A robust Teacher Planning Section with essential questions aligned to the film’s major themes and principles, a National Education Standards tie-in chart, and a comprehensive interdisciplinary Unit Framework.
A reproducible Reflective Journal for students to use throughout the program.
WWE in South Florida
WWE will be at the BB&T Center, formerly Bank Atlantic Center, in Sunrise on Friday, June 7.
Bell time is 7:30 p.m. for this house show (no TV) with John Cena, Ryback, Sheamus, Mark Henry, Daniel Bryan, The Miz, Brodus Clay, R-Truth, The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins) and more.
Talent subject to change.
Tickets, starting at $20, are on sale via TicketMaster online www.ticketmaster.com, outlets or by phone 800-745-3000, or you can go to the box office of the BB&T Center, home to the Florida Panthers hockey team.