U.K.'s WrestleMania Reading Challenge returns to the ring
World Wrestling Entertainment has joined forces with the National Literacy Trust for the second year to re-launch the WrestleMania Reading Challenge with the aim of encouraging British kids to read.
The challenge offers school children across the United Kingdom the opportunity to win a trip to see their favorite WWE Superstars in action next April at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania in Houston. Children from more than 2,200 U.K. schools are invited to take part in the challenge to read five books, comics or magazines, and then submit a 100-word essay persuading a WWE Superstar to read his or her favorite piece of literature. A WWE Superstar will help judge the entries and reward the top four lucky winners with the trip of a lifetime to the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania.
Jim Knight, Minister of State for Schools and Learning in the United Kingdom, said: "Language is power and reading is key to becoming a powerful communicator. So it is vital that young people, and in particular boys, have strong reading role models. The WrestleMania Reading Challenge is a great example of how schools can get their students excited about reading."
During the recent Survivor Series European tour, one lucky school in North London was chosen to receive a visit from SmackDown Superstar MVP and Diva Natalya. Hundreds of enthralled children at Christ the King RC Primary School had the opportunity to ask questions and find out why reading is so important to their WWE heroes.