WWE and libraries launch WrestleMania Reading Challenge
WWE and libraries across the country are celebrating Teen Read Week with the kick-off of this year's WrestleMania Reading Challenge. The program encourages teens across the country to read a combination of books and other literature. A contest will be held for free trips to WrestleMania 24, and the chance to become the national WrestleMania Reading Challenge Champion.
As the competition enters its second year, WWE is working with the Young Adult Library Services Association, the youth division of the American Library Association and approximately 1,200 local libraries across the country to get teens engaged in reading. The nationwide contest is being launched during Teen Read Week, Oct. 14-20.
Teens in grades 7-12 are eligible to sign up for the program. Each teen will be asked to read a combination of 10 books and magazines, and submit a short essay on the theme "How WrestleMania Got Me Reading." Local libraries will choose the best essay submitted by 7th and 8th graders, and the best essay for high school age students. A panel of judges organized by YALSA will choose 10 finalists, five from each grade category and from different regions of the country, to compete in the national finals in Orlando, Fla., the host city for WrestleMania 24.
The 10 finalists will be hosted by WWE at WrestleMania 24, and will attend the global event, the Super Bowl of sports-entertainment. The libraries sponsoring the finalists will each receive a $2,000 donation.
This year's Teen Read Week poster, based on the theme of "LOL @ Your Library," features Teen Read Week spokespersons and WWE Superstars CM Punk, The Miz, Kristal and Matt Striker.