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|Professional wrestlers launch anti-bully campaign|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|November 04, 2010 13:41|
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) announced Monday a new campaign to combat bullying. The campaign “Eliminate the Hate” is the first of its kind by a professional sporting organization.
TNA airs weekly episodes on Spike TV, an adrenaline-fueled network that caters to the young male demographic.
According to a press release, TNA will create anti-bully public service announcements that will air on Spike and on the organization’s websites. TNA will also work with broadcast partner Sirius XM to air anti-bully PSAs on the satellite radio network’s family of channels.
“Everyone at TNA stands firmly behind this new anti-bullying campaign. The bullying must stop, and we want to take a stand,” says TNA Chief Marketing Officer Al Ovadia. “There’s no place in our schools for bullying, be it based on a student’s looks, race, sexual orientation or anything else.”
Several TNA stars admit to dealing with bullying in school, according to the press release.
"Growing up, I was bullied until I was a freshman in high school because I didn't conform to a group or play sports,” wrestler Mr. Anderson says. “I was open that I liked video gaming and comic books and got picked on for that.”
TNA Impact! airs Thursday nights on Spike TV from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Top photo: Professional wrestler Mr. Anderson says that he was bullied in his youth (courtesy TNAWrestling.com)
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