#WWE #TheVFoundation Knocking Out Pediatric Cancer

#WWE #TheVFoundation Knocking Out Pediatric Cancer

Many of you who follow along with Main Street Mama know that we are a #WWEFamily. When I first  became a #WWEMoms my son was becoming a #wrestlingaddict.  I was fortunate to be invited to meet WWE Chief Brand Officer and mom of 3 Stephanie McMahon. Upon meeting Steph we were introduced further to the WWE Brand. WWE was striving to incorporate family values back into their sports entertainment business. Those values start at the corporate level and trickle down to the athletes and to the fans. It’s one of the things we love most about WWE.

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Shortly after becoming a #WWEMoms, WWE established Connor’s Cure . Connor’s Cure was established in honor of 8-year-old WWE fan Connor Michalek, a patient at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC who battled medulloblastoma, a rare tumor that affects the brain and spinal cord. To date, Connor’s Cure has raised nearly $1 million and assisted more than 100 families around the world. I will never forget our first WWE event where we learned about Connors Cure my than 6.5 yr old rested his head on my shoulder and cried. Later that night he came to me with $50.00 from his own wallet and asked me to buy a Connor’s Cure bracelet for all his friends.

This past week WWE and The V Foundation announced  a multi-year partnership.

The new partnership will expand Connor’s Cure outside of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and support other top research centers and hospitals nationwide. As a result of the new partnership, funds raised by WWE will support Connor’s Cure through The V Foundation’s grant-making process. The V Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of world-class physicians and research scientists, vets and awards top-rated grant proposals from the nation’s leading medical facilities. In addition, funding will continue to support the research being done at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

WWE is committed to raising awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research throughout the year through the sale of Connor’s Cure bracelets, fundraising programs and through its global platforms including WWE Network and TV broadcasts, live events, and digital and social media.

Every year, 12,000-15,000 children are newly diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. Through the efforts of The V Foundation, progress is being made with cure rates for most pediatric cancers dramatically improving. The V Foundation has awarded nearly $20 million through 66 pediatric research grants to-date, including more than $5 million to pediatric cancer research in 2015.

Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania #WWE

Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania #WWE

John Cena, Triple H , WWE Diva Paige , The Undertaker and Mr. McMahon

John Cena, Triple H , WWE Diva Paige , The Undertaker and Mr. McMahon

Just in time for the 10th Anniversary of Surf’s Up the Original film about surfing penguins , Sony Pictures Animation and WWE Studios announced last week that in 2017 together they will release Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania.

In the upcoming movie Surf’s Up Wave Mana Cody Maverick, hungry for a new challenge, convinces an infamous big wave riding crew known as The Hang 5, voiced by WWE Superstars John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, WWE Diva Paige and Mr. McMahon, to let him join them on their journey to a mysterious surf spot known as The Trenches, where legend has it, they’ll find the biggest waves in the world. Cody soon discovers that the life he left behind might be more heroic than what any death-defying wave has to offer.  Genndy Tartakovsky’s protégé Henry Yu (story artist on Sym-Bionic Titan and both Hotel Transylvania feature films) makes his directorial debut with this project, which is produced by Michelle Wong (production manager on Hotel Transylvania 2) and features computer animation from Rainmaker Entertainment Inc.  Abdul Williams (Lottery Ticket) is writing the screenplay.

 “We are thrilled to be working with Sony Pictures Animation in bringing Cody Maverick back to audiences for more adventures, paired with our WWE Superstars in what promises to be a fun animated film for the entire family,” said Michael Luisi, WWE Studios President.

WWE has a proven track record with family audiences, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with them and dive back into the fun world of our surfing penguins,” adds Kristine Belson, President, Sony Pictures Animation.

When I first became a #WWEMOM I had the pleasure of screening Scooby Doo WrestleMania Mystery and ever since I have become hooked on WWE along with my son. We look will patiently await the arrival of Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania!

 

WWE Superstar Xavier Woods and Diva Naomi Celebrate Diversity

WWE Superstar Xavier Woods and Diva Naomi Celebrate Diversity 

February is Black history Month during which WWE has Superstar Xavier Woods and Diva Naomi Celebrated Diversity with blog posts on how they celebrate all year long and not just this month.

I wanted to share them with you. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did!

Diva Naomi  

WWE DIVA Naomi

WWE DIVA Naomi

Black History Month presents an important opportunity, not only to celebrate the countless achievements of African Americans and their role in shaping our history and culture, but also to reflect on where we are now as a nation, and how we can continue to grow together.  Black History Month should be a time to learn from mistakes that were made in the past and aspire to a time when the only race that defines us is the human race.
Like so many African American children, I grew up dealing with racism and ignorance, and I know kids across the country are still dealing with the same obstacles.  That is why I love to work outside of the ring and spread positive messages, just as much as I love performing inside the ring.  When I interact with young fans, I want to instill a sense of confidence in each and every child, just as my mother did for me.  For 35 years, my mother worked tirelessly to support my brother and me.  She was always there to make sure I stayed on track, even when I wanted to give up or when someone told me I wasn’t good enough.  She made sure the word “quit” wasn’t in my vocabulary.  Throughout my entire life, I’ve never seen my mother quit.  Everyone has their insecurities, but I learned early on that no one but me can determine my worth or decide my limitations.  That is the message I hope to pass on to every person questioning themselves and their ability.
It’s so important to me that my fans know their inner beauty and self-worth, and that they never allow someone else’s label to limit their success.  I knew that I was destined to be a WWE Diva and refused to give up.  I live by the mantra, “Don’t follow your dreams, chase them,” and I hope the young fans watching me perform know that if I was able to become a WWE Diva, they can achieve their wildest dreams too.  I’m here because I beat the odds and so can you.
While I am proud to represent black women, my role as a Diva and an athlete is to be an empowering voice for women, period.  Regardless of race, we all want the same things: love, respect and our individuality.  My hope for the future is that, by loving what makes each of us different, we will learn to celebrate the diversity of those around us.  There’s no better time than now to look in the mirror, find what we love about the reflection staring back, and widen the lens through which we view each other.

Superstar Xavier 

WWE Superstar Xavier Woods

WWE Superstar Xavier Woods

Black History Month is an important time to celebrate the influence African-Americans had on history, but it’s also important to recognize that this history isn’t just “black history,” it’s everyone’s history.
While we’ve come a long way in a relatively short amount of time, we have far to go and it’s so important to me that I continue my family’s legacy of progression.  My grandmother is the strongest person I know.  She lived through hardships I can’t imagine and made so many sacrifices in order for her children and her children’s children to benefit and lead a better life.  Because of her sacrifices and the sacrifices of so many others, I’m able to pursue an education and live out my dreams.  That’s why, in addition to being a WWE Superstar, I am actively working on attaining my PhD.  Despite the hardships my grandmother faced, she is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met.  She always has a smile on her face and that has had a profound effect on me.  I always look for the positive in life and never stop trying to better myself.
Back in high school, there was a wrestler, who was a few years older than me and the star athlete of the team.  After he graduated, I won the first big tournament of the year.  I was so excited and commented to my coach that I felt just like that star athlete that had graduated.   He said, “Why? You should feel like Austin Watson.  You should never compare yourself to anyone around you.”  That stuck with me.  It taught me to be proud of who I am and my own achievements, whether that’s winning a match or not conforming to anyone else’s idea of who I am or should be.  That’s something I really try to pass along to the kids I meet as a WWE Superstar.  Growing up, I didn’t have great social skills, but I found that I was able to better communicate and find friends through video games.  That’s actually what brought me out of my shell and lead me to pursue sports.  Of course, being a young, black “nerd” who liked to play video games wasn’t considered “cool,” and I got picked on.  In adolescence, you look to your peers who are “cool” and “popular” and you let them define who you think you should be rather than celebrate what makes you unique.  Being a gamer is what makes me unique and fun!  There is no need to be ashamed of who you are and what makes you happy.
Regardless of race, it is important to live by your own standards and not those set for you by society.  We are all individual people, not groups labeled according to color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.  I hope that we can use Black History Month as a reminder to build bridges rather than boxes.

I have not been compensated for this post. I enjoy sharing these blogs with my son as we raise him to be accepting , be a star , and live in a diverse world.