In June, make a difference and take a stand to spread the message that bullying is a serious problem and has no place in our community. Submit a video in support of the cause to receive a free window decal and be entered in a contest to win a “Bully FREE ZONE” banner!
Lake Mary, Florida, June 6, 2011 – This month, Cheer for a Cause, a nonprofit whose mission is to unify the giving and giving back in our global cheer and dance world, asks you to take a stand against bullying. The cheerleading and dance community is one of the most accepting and unified groups in the sports world. And yet, in our world, bullying is still a problem. It takes many forms and can happen through text messages or on the web, in person, anywhere. When it comes to begin bullied, your age, gender or education level does not matter. Bullying hurts people, and it is not a joke.
To raise awareness, Cheer for a Cause is issuing a challenge – to gyms, schools and businesses – across America and around the world! The idea is simple. Together with your team, make a video of your stand against bullying. Declare your building a “Bully FREE ZONE” and “Cheer for a Cause”! Creativity and choreography are encouraged! Be sure to include information in your video identifying your program or business and location.
Cheer for a Cause partner, The Sticker Shop Unlimited, donated “Bully FREE ZONE” window decals. Every organization that posts their video to YouTube and emails a link to firstname.lastname@example.org will receive one for free! The decals are also available for purchase on the Cheer for a Cause website.
Video submissions will be accepted until midnight Friday, June 24th. On Monday June 27th, finalists will be announced and posted on the Cheer for a Cause site. We will all have an opportunity to vote on the video that sends the best message against bullying. The program or business that receives the most votes will be featured on the site and earn a “Bully FREE ZONE” banner! Fantasy Cheerleading coach, Daniel McCall, in New Zealand, heard about the cause on Fierce Board and already submitted a video! You can view it on the Cheer for a Cause home page.
Look for Cheer for a Cause to share stories, videos and personal messages all month long from athletes who have personally experienced bullying.
Julie Bolton, founder of Cheer for a Cause said, “I’m hopeful that many gym owners and coaches will take the time to talk to their athletes this month about bullying. The pain it leaves behind can last a lifetime.” There are resources available for anyone who may have questions about bullying.
The U.S. Government has an excellent resource at http://www.stopbullying.gov. The Trevor Project, at http://www.thetrevorproject.org, is the leading national organization, providing crisis and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. There is also a great page on facebook focused on the cheer and dance world at “Bullying is Nothing to Cheer About”, http://www.facebook.com/bullyingisnothingtocheerabout.
Cheer for a Cause is a nonprofit corporation. Their mission is to unite the giving and giving back in the cheer and dance world, celebrate efforts to help others, unify support for athletes and teams experiencing tragedy and raise awareness and funds for causes. Find Cheer for a Cause at www.cheerforacause.org, on Facebook and twitter.
There’s something amazing happening in the Cheer World. It’s all about you and it’s Cheer for a Cause!