“I’m trying to bring a positive message to all those kids -- where instead of writing negative stuff on Twitter -- why not just be more positive with your life, and it will make more people feel better about themselves.
“We also tell kids ways to prevent Cyber-bullying is to ignore it, get rid of it, tell an adult, tell a teacher, tell a friend, talk about it, because the problem is with bullying so many people don’t talk about it. They’re too shy or too scared. If people are more vocal about it, it will prevent it from happening.”
• YouTube videos (The Miami Herald/Jim Varsallone jimmyv3 channel) of the WWE South Florida Be a STAR honorees and more:
The Miz Congratulates Honoree Eli Bloom:
Honoree Eli Bloom Meets WWE superstar The Miz:
Honoree Eli Bloom:
Honoree Logan Alvarez:
Honoree Logan Alvarez and family:
Honorees Eli Bloom and Logan Alvarez:
Honoree Tristan Castillo singing one of his favorite WWE superstar theme songs:
WWE superstars and divas and celebrities discuss, encourage Be a STAR (Part 1):
BB&T Center Senior Vice President & General Manager Brett Stefansson (Part 1):
WWE superstars and divas and celebrities discuss, encourage Be a STAR (Part 2):
BB&T Center Senior Vice President & General Manager Brett Stefansson (Part 2):
WWE’s The Miz and Lilian Garcia at John F. Kennedy Middle School in North Miami for Be a STAR rally during WrestleMania Week Miami in March 2012:
• 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:
Facebook Be a STAR
Two local tennis players were runners-up during the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Championships at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs and the Ormond Beach Tennis Center.
BOYS: 12s: Top seeded Anuj Watane of Orlando defeated No.2 Matthew Fung of Miami 7-5, 6-2 in the finals. Fung finished runner-up in the Boys’ 10s division in 2011. Watane en route to the championship was twice pushed to tiebreak sets but did not drop a set.
GIRLS: 12s: Top-seeded Hurricane Tyra Black of Boca Raton defeated No.7 Zoe Hitt of Miami 6-2, 6-1 in the finals. Black did not drop a set in her six-match run to the championship, losing only 11 games.
• Historically the highest-quality USTA Section tournament in the country, the USTA Florida Section junior championships launched the careers of future No.1s Chris Evert, Jennifer Capriati, Jim Courier and Andy Roddick among other ATP and WTA tour players over the years.