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Cheer for a Cause Launches 2012 Bully Free Zone Campaign “975 Saves Lives”

Lake Mary, FLORIDA–(June 1, 2012) In response to several incidents of bullying this year, in which at least two resulted in the bullied victim taking their own life, the nonprofit group CHEER FOR A CAUSE has launched a new Bully Free Zone campaign called “975 Saves Lives.”

975 Saves Lives“The phrase ’975 Saves Lives’ refers to House bill 975; The Anti-Bullying and Harassment Act of 2011 which was introduced in Congress and sent to committee more than a year ago,” said Julie Bolton, Cheer for a Cause’s founder.

Every month Cheer for a Cause highlights a different cause and June is Anti-Bullying month. As part of its 975 Saves Lives campaign, the nonprofit organization hopes to receive 50,000 signatures on a petition it has created at http://www.change.org/petitions/bully-free-zone-usa-975-saves-lives.

“While state laws have passed that establish a policy against bullying, the language of this bill is the first that takes the next step by not only defining what bullying is but by establishing a law that will punish those who bully and hold those in authority accountable,” Mrs. Bolton said. “It’s going to do to bullying in school what the sexual harassment laws did in the workforce…END it!”

Cheer for a CauseWith the catch phrase “975 Saves Lives” the Bully Free Zone campaign will bring attention to this little known bill, which is under review by Congress’s Committee on Education and the Workforce. The goal of this petition is to see H.R. 975 pass both the House and Senate and sent to the President of the United States to sign into law.

“At its present status it has a 2 percent chance of being enacted and that is unacceptable,” Mrs. Bolton said.

H.R. 975 is the Anti-Bullying and Harassment Act of 2011 – Amends the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to require: (1) states to use grants for safe and drug-free schools to collect and report information on the incidence of bullying and harassment, and (2) local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools to use subgrants to prevent and respond to incidents of bullying and harassment. Requires such LEAs or schools to: (1) notify parents and students annually of conduct prohibited in their school discipline policies, that now must include bullying and harassment; and (2) establish complaint procedures for students and parents to register complaints regarding such conduct. Includes bullying and harassment within the Act’s definition of violence.

“With so many of our friends in the spirit world experiencing bullying, we think it’s time to put the ‘leader back in cheer’ and drive the movement across the country to pass House bill 975,” Mrs. Bolton said.

To sign the petition of support for House bill 975; The Anti-Bullying and Harassment Act of 2011, go to http://www.change.org/petitions/bully-free-zone-usa-975-saves-lives.

To learn more about H.R. 975 and its status, go to http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr975.

Cheer for a Cause is a nonprofit organization that works to create significant charitable impact by uniting the Spirit World to support causes affecting our global spirit family and encouraging individual, team and organization fundraising and volunteer projects. http://www.cheerforacause.org.

Cheer for a Cause Launches 2012 Bully Free Zone Campaign 975 Saves Lives

Cheer for a Cause Huddles with Kraft Foods to Fight Hunger

Cheer-Themed Charity Aims to Help Donate 25 Million Meals to Feeding America

Lake Mary, Florida, August 26, 2011 – Today Cheer for a Cause announced they are teaming with Kraft Foods to fight hunger in America in September. The mission of Kraft Foods’ Huddle to Fight Hunger is to help donate 25 million meals to Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, to help the more than 50 million Americans who live in food insecure households.

Cheer for a CauseCheer for a Cause is rallying athletes, coaches, parents and friends to support the cause by participating in an activity. Ideas include a food drive, facebook profile challenge or creating a cheer or chant in support of the cause! Visit www.cheerforacause.org to view a list of ideas!

Everyone can also help Kraft Foods meet and exceed their 25 million national donation goal by visiting facebook.com/KraftFightHunger. For each person that “likes” Kraft Fight Hunger on Facebook, Kraft Foods will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America on behalf of his or her local Feeding America Food Bank.

“Giving back is part of the fabric of our organization,” said Julie Bolton, founder of Cheer for a Cause and Central Florida American Youth Cheer coordinator. “We have a responsibility to help our neighbors in need and our partnership with Kraft Foods provides an amazing platform to truly make a difference in the fight against hunger in America.”

Kraft Foods’ Stephen Chriss, senior director, corporate scale and marketing partnerships, echoes the same sentiments. “Having supported Feeding America for decades, we wanted to reinforce our commitment and reach this year’s goal by huddling together an impressive team. We’re thrilled to have AYF on-board to help achieve our goal and raise awareness about hunger in America.”

About Huddle to Fight Hunger

Huddle to Fight Hunger combines three things Americans are passionate about – football, food and helping others. To reach the end zone, Kraft Foods has huddled together several of their iconic brands, retailers alongside football legend Joe Montana and celebrity chefs Pat and Gina Neely to champion the cause.

The campaign will culminate in San Francisco on December 31, 2011, with the second annual Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, which will be broadcast live on ESPN, featuring a team from the Pacific-12 Conference vs. Army.

For more information about Huddle to Fight Hunger, visit facebook.com/KraftFightHunger. For more information about Cheer for a Cause, visit www.cheerforacause.org.

About Kraft Foods

Northfield, Ill.-based Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE: KFT) is a global snacks powerhouse with an unrivaled portfolio of brands people love. Proudly marketing delicious biscuits, confectionery, beverages, cheese, grocery products and convenient meals in approximately 170 countries, Kraft Foods had 2010 revenue of $49.2 billion, more than half of which was earned outside North America. Eleven of the company’s iconic brands – including Cadbury, Jacobs, Kraft, LU, Maxwell House, Milka, Nabisco, Oreo, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia and Trident – generate revenue of more than $1 billion annually, and 40 have been loved for more than a century. A leader in innovation, marketing, health and wellness and sustainability, Kraft Foods is a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Standard & Poor’s 500, Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Ethibel Sustainability Index. For more information, visit www.kraftfoodscompany.com and www.facebook.com/kraftfoodscorporate.

About Feeding America

Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

About American Youth Football®

(AYF) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides support services, scholarships, grants, giving back programs and tournaments to over 920,000 youth football players and cheerleaders in 50 states and several countries worldwide. AYF is committed to Giving Back and since its inception in 1996, has donated over $15 million dollars in grants and athletic product to communities that support youth football. AYF was the first national organization to offer all-inclusive football divisions, enabling every child a place to play. For more information visit the website at www.americanyouthfootball.com.

About the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

The not-for-profit San Francisco Bowl Game Association has been the driving force behind the Bowl game since its inception in 2002. In that time, the game, played at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, has generated more than $100 million in economic impact for the City and County of San Francisco. Several of college football’s most storied programs have already participated in the contest, formerly known as the Emerald Bowl. They include onetime national champions USC, Miami and Florida State, plus California, Boston College, UCLA, Oregon State and Utah. The 2009 game between USC and Boston College is ESPN’s third-most-watched football bowl game ever. “The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl will pair Army (provided the Cadets meet or exceed six victories) against the sixth selection from bowl-eligible Pacific-12 schools. If Army or the Pac-12′s No. 6 selection fails to qualify, the Bowl has backup agreements with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and Mid-American Conference (MAC).

About Cheer for a Cause

Lake Mary, FL-based Cheer for a Cause, Inc. is a not-for-profit charity whose global mission is to unite the giving and giving back in the cheerleading and dance community, celebrate efforts to help others, unify support for teams experiencing tragedy and raise awareness and funds for causes that affect our lives. Founded in October of 2010, the cheerleading and dance world has embraced this mission and support for the organization is growing. For more information on how you or your organization can Cheer for a Cause, visit the website at www.cheerforacause.org. Find us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/cheerforacause, follow our news at www.twitter.com/cheerforacause and watch our inspirational videos at www.youtube.com/user/cheerforacause.

Cheer for a Cause Huddles with Kraft Foods to Fight Hunger

Cheer for a Cause Launches Campaign to Create “Bully FREE ZONES” in Gyms Across America and Around the World

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!

Bully Free Zone

Bully Free Zone

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 weshare@cheerforacause.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!

Cheer for a Cause Launches Campaign to Create “Bully FREE ZONES” in Gyms Across America and Around the World

Cheer for a Cause Raises Funds and Seeks Partners for “1Love” Camps for Special Needs Athletes

With over 300 special needs teams in the U.S.A. and no organized summer cheer camp program, Cheer for a Cause is taking the lead to make dreams come true for our very special athletes! The camps will be in memory of Cheer Florida’s Alina Maria Brady, a 12-year old athlete and buddy to a special needs cheerleader.

Lake Mary, Florida, May 13, 2011 – Cheer for a Cause is raising funds and seeking partners for their 1Love Camps campaign, a project to offer summer cheer camps for our special needs athletes. Nfinity, the first women’s performance team sport company, has joined as a partner.

Cheer for a Cause had planned a cause to raise awareness for our special athletes this spring. Then the unexpected loss of 12-year old Alina Maria Brady on February 8th, who was a buddy to a special needs athlete, hit Florida’s cheer family hard. That is when the idea came to Cheer for a Cause founder, Julie Bolton, and Melissa Kaplan-Jablonski, head coach of Spirit of Cheer Florida, to create and an opportunity for our special needs athletes to go to cheer camp – just like all the other cheerleaders – and do it in Alina’s memory.

Alina’s heart stopped unexpectedly at school, just a few weeks before her 13th birthday. Alina’s family, her classmates at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School and her Cheer Florida family were devastated. Her Jr. Coed 3 team struggled at NCA in Dallas, coming in last place, and again at UCA in Orlando, taking 4th. Their season-ending win at NCA in Daytona Beach was bittersweet.

The impact was especially hard on Katie Collins, the special athlete that depended on Alina to be her “buddy”. Katie is autistic. After Alina was gone, Katie did not want to cheer any more. This past weekend, while filming her spot on Cheer for a Cause’s “1Love” video, Katie said, “I think she (Alina) wants us to cheer for our hearts. We’ll do it for Alina.”

Cheer for a Cause produced the video “1Love” that can be viewed on their YouTube Channel at http://youtu.be/Vzli_xvklL0. It includes photos and inspiring personal interviews with our very special athletes at CHEERSPORT Nationals, NCA in Daytona and Cheer Florida.

Alina’s memory can live in the hearts of each special athlete that attends a 1Love Camp. The Rasta-color theme comes from Alina. “She loved Bob Marley,” said Ashley Jablonski, a good friend and Spirit of Cheer Florida’s head teen coach. “With your support we can honor my friend Alina and make many dreams come true!”

Alex Fernandez, owner/partner at Miami Elite Training Center and owner of EZ Designs personally created and donated the 1Love shirt and campaign design. To support this cause, visit www.cheerforacause.org and purchase a shirt, bow or make a donation to sponsor an athlete. To partner or for information, email weshare@cheerforacause.org.

The goal is to hold several camps this summer and many more next year. The first camps will be held at Cheer Florida in Coconut Creek and Premier Athletics’ Kentucky Allstars gym in Lexington, Kentucky. Alina’s mother will be at Cheer Florida for a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the first 1Love Camp.

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.

Cheer for a Cause Raises Funds and Seeks Partners for “1Love” Camps for Special Needs Athletes

Cheer for a Cause Starts the Countdown to Purple Day for Epilepsy

Did you know that 1 in 100 people have epilepsy? That means if you have 100 kids at your gym or school, one of them is living with epilepsy. The cheer and dance community is joining Global Purple Day and wearing purple on March 26 to raise awareness and understanding.

Lake Mary, Florida, March 22, 2011 – Cheer for a Cause is uniting the Cheer and Dance World to wear purple on March 26 for epilepsy awareness – tons of teams have already signed up! The Anita Kaufmann Foundation of Nova Scotia, Canada, produced a brand new video for Cheer for a Cause to introduce us to Cassidy Megan and share why she created Purple Day.

Cassidy is a 12-year-old allstar cheerleader from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and cheers for West Halifax Cheer. Cassidy, who lives with epilepsy, created Purple Day for Epilepsy (Purple Day) held every year on March 26 to increase awareness and dispel myths about one of the most common neurological disorders.

Watch for the release of a new Cheer for a Cause video each day this week counting us down to Purple Day! You’ll also meet a three-time Morehead University national champion cheerleader who has seizures, Madison from Orlando Allstars who cheers and flies with epilepsy and others.

You can find links to all the videos, the Purple Day event and helpful information on the Cheer for a Cause website. The videos are also on Cheer for a Cause’s YouTube channel – cheerforacause. Subscribe to the page to ensure you do not miss a thing!

Julie Bolton, founder of Cheer for a Cause says, “A little love and understanding can change the world! Our cheer and dance community has such passion and certainly has the spirit to make it happen.”

Epilepsy affects three million Americans, 300,000 people in Canada and over 50 million people worldwide, which is more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease combined. Despite its prevalence, epilepsy is not well understood and people with epilepsy continue to face social stigma and discrimination.

What’s your cause? Cheer for a Cause will support special needs teams in April and May, anti-bullying in June, our troops in July, safe driving in August and children’s cancer in September. Their website features the monthly section “Stories of Hope, Healing & Heart”. Teams and athletes are encouraged to share stories, send in photos and video. To partner on a cause or share your story, email weshare@cheerforacause.org.

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. You can find Cheer for a Cause at www.cheerforacause.org, on facebook and twitter.

Cheer for a Cause Introduces Us to Patty & Cassidy, Supports Cheer Safety and Purple Day for Epilepsy

Patty will never walk or talk again. Three years ago, she was just 17 and her stunt group cradled her from a liberty. When they did, Patty was hit in the chest and her heart stopped. She went nearly 30 minutes without oxygen to her brain. And she needs our help.

Cassidy is a 12-year old cheerleader living with epilepsy. She created Purple Day for Epilepsy (Purple Day) held every year on March 26 to increase awareness and dispel myths about one of the most common neurological disorders.

Lake Mary, Florida, March 8, 2011 – This is Cheer Safety Month. In March, Cheer for a Cause will introduce us to Patty Phommanyvong and Cassidy Megan, and join our industry to support safety education, sportsmanship, Purple Day and epilepsy awareness.

Please help Cheer for a Cause provide a van for Patty’s family. Many may think of it as just another stunt, a liberty cradled on the sideline. But for Patty, this liberty was anything but routine. She had only cheered seven weeks, and this catch stopped her heart and changed her life forever. She is now unable to walk or talk or eat on her own. Her pending case is complicated and alleges a defibrillator was not working properly at her California high school and by the time an ambulance arrived and the EMT’s got her heart beating, nearly 30 minutes had passed. Her case also claims her coach was improperly trained and her stunt group was too inexperienced to perform the advanced stunt.

Patty’s family needs a reliable van to take her to and from doctor appointments. Her family of four lives in a small two-bedroom apartment. After the accident, Patty’s parents lost their tailoring business. Mom now works nights in a factory and dad stays home to care for Patty. The financial strain is tremendous.

Julie Bolton, founder of Cheer for a Cause said, “The heart of our Cheer World is at its most compassionate when one of our own is catastrophically injured.”

Cheer for a Cause is partnering with the National Cheer Safety Foundation and hopes to raise $20,000 in March to help Patty and her family get a van. You can find a link on the Cheer for a Cause website to make a tax-deductible gift. 100% of donations will go direct to the van fund.

Join the Cheer & Dance World on March 26 and Wear Purple for Epilepsy. Cassidy Megan is a 12-year-old allstar cheerleader from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and cheers for West Halifax Cheer. Cassidy, who lives with epilepsy, created Purple Day for Epilepsy (Purple Day) held every year on March 26 to increase awareness and dispel myths about one of the most common neurological disorders. Visit the Cheer for a Cause website to find more information about Purple Day, learn about epilepsy and find out what to do when someone has a seizure.

“Purple Day helps people understand that not all seizures are the same, and that people with epilepsy are ordinary people just like everybody else,” said Cassidy Megan, the founder of Purple Day. “Purple Day also reminds people living with epilepsy that they aren’t alone. That’s why we wear purple, the international colour for epilepsy.”

Epilepsy affects three million Americans, 300,000 people in Canada and over 50 million people worldwide, which is more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease combined. Despite its prevalence, epilepsy is not well understood and people with epilepsy continue to face social stigma and discrimination.

What’s your cause? Cheer for a Cause will support special needs teams in April and May, anti-bullying in June, our troops in July, safe driving in August and children’s cancer in September. Their website features the monthly section “Stories of Hope, Healing & Heart”. Teams and athletes are encouraged to share stories, send in photos and video. To partner on a cause or share your story, email weshare@cheerforacause.org.

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. You can find Cheer for a Cause at www.cheerforacause.org, on facebook and twitter.

Cheer & Dance Extreme and Cheer For A Cause Join Peyton’s Promise UPA’s Adoption Initiative

Minneapolis, Minn. (March 4, 2011) – Cheer and Dance Extreme and Cheer For A Cause have joined UPA in raising funds and awareness for Peyton’s Promise an Adoption initiative.

After reading articles in Inside Cheerleading Magazine, Cheer For A Cause contacted UPA’s president, Lisa Saline, about getting involved. Saline was moved when the call came in from Julie expressing her strong desire to help spread the word about Peyton’s Promise. “Peyton’s Promise is an amazing cause and your story will bring a warm smile to everyone. Glad we can help.” said Julie Bolton.

Days later Cheer and Dance Extreme also contacted UPA and wanted to jump on board to help spread the word and raise funds for Peyton’s Promise. “I just read what you are doing – AMAZING!!! Love it. I would love to do something to help. We’d like to put something out at our Nationals at the end of March to help collect funds. Whatever we can do … just name it.,” said Ann Lehrmann, president of Cheer and Dance Extreme.

UPA’s founder and president, Lisa Saline, helped develop the program after adopting a baby girl in 2002 and quickly finding out how expensive the adoption process can be. Lisa and her husband, Roger, wanted to find a way to help those in need. At the 2011 AmeriCup Nationals in Minneapolis, UPA donated $1 from every athlete package sold to the cause. During the weekend, Inside Cheerleading Magazine and Fine Designs Imprinted Sportswear accepted donations on behalf of the charity during UPA’s AmeriCup, and everyone who donated had their name proudly displayed on a butterfly decal (signature of Peyton’s Promise).

UPA is thankful for the generous support from media outlets around the country. The exposure has been fantastic and the word is getting out about UPA’s mission. This collaborative effort by amazing companies hopes to Bridge A FOREVER Family many times over.

By donating to Peyton’s Promise, every dollar brings one family closer to finalizing an adoption. To make an online donation or for more information on Peyton’s Promise, visit http://PeytonsPromise.net.

About UPA…

United Performing Association, Inc. began in 1987 with a young girl’s dream. Lisa Kubinski Saline was a twenty year old college student cheering professionally for the Minnesota Vikings, coaching a collegiate cheer/dance team in Minnesota and soon to graduate with a degree in Public Relations, Marketing & Speech Communications. Her dreams of owning her own business were encouraged by her father, an entrepreneur himself. So with a limited budget Lisa began UPA in the basement of her home. Twenty-four years later, Lisa and Team UPA have developed the company into one of the nations top contenders in the spirit industry. With traditions and a strong value system in place, UPA has become a household name around the spirit world with events such as the AmeriCup Championship, Easter Cruise Competition, Judge Certification Program, Eclipse Cup Studio Competitions and the Challenge Cup series to name a few. For more information about UPA, please visit http://www.UPAinc.net.

Cheer & Dance Extreme and Cheer For A Cause Join Peyton’s Promise UPA’s Adoption Initiative