WWE giving back greatly to community during WrestleMania Week

04/02/2014 12:49 AM

04/02/2014 12:51 AM

WWE WrestleMania draws tens of thousands of people from around the world to the host city for the global company’s annual spectacular, the Super Bowl of pro wrestling/sports entertainment.

Where WWE and the host city make a lot of money from it, WWE also supports that host community with various fundraisers and special events -- featuring WWE superstars, divas, staff and hierarchy.

Talk about giving back.

Check out the below list of activities in and around this year’s host city New Orleans, leading to WrestleMania 30, which is Sunday, April 6 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Children’s Hospital Visits

Wednesday, April 2, New Orleans

WWE Superstars Kofi Kingston, Cody Rhodes and Zack Ryder and WWE Diva Natalya will visit the Ochsner Children’s Health Center and the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. Mattel will donate WWE action figures for the WWE Superstars and Divas to distribute throughout their visits.

Hire Heroes USA Autograph Signing

Wednesday, April 2, Jackson Barracks

As part of WWE’s longstanding commitment to the military, WWE has partnered with Hire Heroes USA (#ServiceatWork) to support their mission of creating job opportunities for veterans and their spouses through personalized employment transition training and corporate engagement.

WWE Superstar Mark Henry, WWE Diva Eva Marie and WWE announcer Lilian Garcia will participate in a meet and greet and autograph signing for military members, veterans and their families.

Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game

Wednesday, April 2, Tulane University

WWE, a Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, along with Special Olympics Louisiana will host a unified basketball game (#UNIFIEDSPORTS) at Tulane University.

Athletes from Team Louisiana will participate in a basketball game where WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil, WWE Divas The Bella Twins and WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon will serve as honorary coaches.

Superstars for Kids

Thursday, April 3, New Orleans Museum of Art

WWE Superstars and Divas including John Cena, Daniel Bryan, The Miz, Big Show and The Bella Twins will join New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and the star of A Haunted Mansion 2 Marlon Wayans at this year’s Superstars for Kids (#STARS4KIDS) red carpet party at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Last week, WWE kicked off a global online auction to benefit Drew Brees’s non-profit organization, The Brees Dream Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs at www.Charitybuzz.com/WWE. The auction features unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences with WWE Superstars, professional athletes and Hollywood celebrities. During the Superstars for Kids red carpet party, Wayans will lead an additional live auction where even more incredible experiences will be made available for bidding.

Anyone can participate in the global online auction at

www.Charitybuzz.com/WWE

Be a STAR Anti-Bullying Rallies

Thursday, April 3 and Friday April, 4

Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) was co-founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE in April 2011. WWE and The Creative Coalition will hold two anti-bullying rallies (#BeaSTAR) in New Orleans during WrestleMania Week.

On Thursday, April 3, WWE Superstars Mark Henry and David Otunga, WWE Diva Natalya and WWE host Josh Mathews will deliver anti-bullying messages to 300 students at Sarah T. Reed High School.

On Friday, April 4, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon and The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk will join WWE Superstars Alberto Del Rio and Damien Sandow, WWE Divas Naomi and Cameron and WWE host Renee Young at the Boys and Girls Club Westbank Unit where they will talk to more than 450 students about showing respect to one another.

WrestleMania Reading Celebration

Thursday, April 3, Langston Hughes Academy

In an effort to promote literacy among children of all ages, WWE partners with the Pearson Foundation’s We Give Books program and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) to deliver an innovative digital reading experience to children, parents and teachers at www.WWEReadingSuperstar.com.

On Thursday, April 3, more than 100 students and faculty at Langston Hughes Academy will participate in a Reading Celebration (#WWEReadingSuperstar) featuring WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes and WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee.

KaBOOM! Playground Build

Friday, April 4, Woodland West Elementary School

WWE, KaBOOM! and more than 200 volunteers will team up to build a new playground (#PlayMatters) at Woodland West Elementary School. WWE and KaBOOM! launched its first-ever partnership to promote the importance of play in children’s lives.

Earlier this year, WWE and KaBOOM! hosted a Design Day at Woodland West Elementary School where children brainstormed and designed their dream playground. The children will have the final design come to life on Friday, April 4, when WWE Superstars, executives, employees and community volunteers help build the playground of their dreams and leave a lasting impact on children in the New Orleans area.

Make-A-Wish Pizza Party

Saturday, April 5, Audubon Aquarium

WWE Superstar John Cena will host the annual Make-A-Wish (#MakeAWish) pizza party at Audobon Aquarium in New Orleans, where he will induct 31 wish children into WWE’s Circle of Champions.

As part of its 30-year alliance with Make-A-Wish, WWE will also host the 31 wish kids and their families at WrestleMania 30. With more than 400 wishes and counting, Cena has granted more wishes than any celebrity.

Susan G. Komen Luncheon

Saturday, April 5, Windsor Court Hotel

WWE Superstars, Divas and WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon will be on hand to support Komen New Orleans’ (# KomenNewOrleans) biggest mission day of the year, where they award more than $600,000 to local community grantees.

The grants will be distributed to local community organizations committed to helping uninsured and under-insured women of New Orleans receive access to critical breast cancer education, screening and treatment services. McMahon has been named the Honorary Chairperson for Komen New Orleans.

For all things WrestleMania, go to

http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania

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