WWE in Your Corner
Welcome to WWE.com's "WWE in Your Corner." Here, the WWE Universe can learn more about WWE's pro-social programs involving many of the Raw, SmackDown and ECW Superstars and Divas, including WWE's Circle of Champions, Smackdown Your Vote! and the WrestleMania Reading Challenge.
Circle of Champions
For more than 25 years, WWE has been granting the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses to bring smiles to their faces and the faces of their family members. Since 1982, WWE Superstars and Divas have conducted more than 5,000 meet-and-greet sessions with children in countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand and Australia. WWE granted more wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation than the NFL, NBA and MLB combined in 2008.
At the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania in Houston, John Cena was named Make-A-Wish Ambassador. He serves on Make-A-Wish Foundation's Wish Ambassador Council and assists in expanding Wish-granting outreach across the United States. He earned the Chris Greicius Award, their highest honor, at WrestleMania XXVI in Phoenix. Cena recently granted his milestone 200th Wish. (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Get R.E.A.L. is an in-school program that brings Superstars into schools to deliver positive messages about Respect, Education, Achievement and Leadership, and how these four tenets can help students achieve their goals. The program is now being expanded around the world through the use of PSA messages and the distribution of digital materials.
Get R.E.A.L. Read
Get R.E.A.L. Read provides our Superstars and Divas with the opportunity to promote literacy. More than 400,000 posters featuring Superstars and Divas encouraging reading have been distributed to teachers, libraries and parents across the United States since the program's inception in 2001. WWE's WrestleMania Reading Challenge and the SummerSlam Reading Jam are part of the Get R.E.A.L. Read initiative.
Smackdown Your Vote!
WWE's Smackdown Your Vote! is a non-partisan partnership to encourage more 18-to-30 year-olds to vote. Among the organizations participating are the League of Women Voters, the National Association of Secretaries of State, the Harvard Institute of Politics, Sacred Heart University, the University of Virginia's Youth Leadership Initiative and Rock the Vote. Smackdown Your Vote! has engaged in various activities and provided resources to reach young adults throughout the United States to encourage them to become more active in the democratic process. Smackdown Your Vote! and its partners played a role in the historic 11 percentage point increase in youth voter participation between 2000 and 2008.
SummerSlam Reading Jam
WWE the Young Adult Library Services Association have teamed up for the SummerSlam Reading Jam, which kicked off in libraries nationwide in June. More than 500 libraries across 47 states and Washington D.C. are participating in the program to encourage teens and tweens to visit their local libraries and read throughout the summer.
Tribute to the Troops
Since 2002, WWE has produced the holiday Tribute to the Troops. Superstars and Divas travel to Iraq and Afghanistan to visit the Troops and put on a live WWE event for them. The Superstars and Divas also regularly visit military bases and hospitals, including Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital, to help bolster the morale of our troops.
WrestleMania Reading Challenge
WWE and the American Library Association's Young Adult Library Services Association sponsor the WrestleMania Reading Challenge to encourage "reluctant readers" to read more often. More than 50,000 teens and tweens participated in WWE's national WrestleMania Reading Challenge in 2008. WWE and the National Literacy Trust hold a similar competition in the United Kingdom in which kids from more than 2,500 schools participated.
WWE Kids Community Champions
The Community Champions program encourages and celebrates youth volunteerism. Young people are nominated for outstanding volunteerism in their local communities. WWE provides recognition and support for the volunteers' efforts. Do you know kids and teens in grades 1-12 who have done super community deeds and deserve to be named a WWE Kids Community Champion? E-mail us their stories at CommunityChampions@wwe.com.