WWE Awards Falls Church Charity $25,000 Grant
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (CBSDC) — A local charity is benefiting big time from the largest pro wrestling organization in the world.
Blue Star Families, Inc., a Falls Church-based organization, was one of five charities to receive a $25,000 grant from World Wrestling Entertainment’s first-ever Be A STAR grant program.
The money will help fund Blue Star’s MilKidz Club, a project that connects children of military parents and provides them with resources and mentoring opportunities to become a future community leader.
Blue Star says there are approximately 1.5 million military children currently enrolled in public schools nationwide. And because the average military family moves every two years, 750,000 of those children are the “new kids” in class each year.
Such turnover makes the connection portion of the club indispensable.
Through the grant, MilKidz will be able to incorporate the nine lesson plans outlined by the Be A STAR campaign: courage, responsibility, dignity, friendship, advocacy, resiliency, empathy, identity and morality.
Four other charities, including two based in New York and another in Los Angeles, also received $25,000 grants from WWE and the Be A STAR initiative.
“WWE is proud to implement its first-ever Be a STAR grant program, and offer five distinguished and deserving non-profits support for their anti-bullying programs,” said WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon. “Our hope is that these five grants will provide the additional resources needed to help combat bullying in their communities.”
WWE originally planned to award four grants, but added a fifth due to overwhelming demand, according to a press release.
The WWE Be A STAR anti-bullying initiative launched in 2011 with the goal of encouraging young people to treat others with respect and tolerance through classroom and grassroots efforts.
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