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Venus Williams Supports Cartoon Network Anti-bullying Effort

April 17, 2013 02:49 PM
venus sittingFlorida's Venus Williams is one of a number of celebrities speaking up for Cartoon Network's efforts against bullying, including the "Stop Bullying: Speak Up" initiative, and The Bully Effect, a half-hour CNN documentary abridged for family audiences.
Williams filmed spots encouraging kids to speak up against bullying, and was joined by comedy actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Ne-Yo, and soccer star Hope Solo.
Cartoon Network will show a special presentation of The Bully Effect on Sunday, April 28 at 5:30 and 8 p.m. (ET/PT). During and immediately following the telecasts, bullying prevention expert Rosalind Wiseman will provide further explanation of key bullying issues for kids and families, answering viewer questions via an online chat at www.StopBullyingSpeakUp.com. To participate, youth and adults will need to either access or create a new user account at www.CartoonNetwork.com, providing an active email address and the user's age. There is no need to download any software. Screen names will be anonymous and all comments or questions will be monitored for appropriate content.
The Bully Effect chronicles the journey of 14-year-old Alex Libby, whose emotional life is restored and activated because someone spoke up in his defense against bullying. In 2011, filmmaker Lee Hirsch embedded himself in schools across America and captured footage so raw and eye-opening, it sounded alarm bells and helped create a tipping point about how critical the issue of bullying has become. Hirsch documented a then 12-year-old Alex, who was confronted with slurs, threats and beatings on the school bus nearly every day. Following supportive intervention from an adult on his behalf, today he has become an anti-bullying advocate with appearances on national television and a visit to the White House.
"For three years now through 'Stop Bullying: Speak Up,' Cartoon Network has served to provide valuable resources and materials to help educate and empower kids to speak up whenever bullying occurs," said Stuart Snyder, president and COO for Turner Broadcasting's Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media division. "Our first documentary, Speak Up, illustrated what kids could do practically to help other kids who've experienced bullying. The Bully Effect takes that message one step further, demonstrating how powerful empathy and understanding can be in helping to turn someone's life around. I hope this program will encourage sensitive, open dialogue between kids, their parents and teachers and continue to show the impact when one speaks up against bullying."
The documentary will be posted in its entirety on the web starting Monday, April 29 at 10 a.m. for free, ongoing viewing by students, parents, educators and community leaders.
Promotional support will include a heavy on-air rotation of Cartoon Network's original PSAs created for its Stop Bullying: Speak Up initiative two weeks leading up to the April 28 telecast, featuring Williams and other stars.
The Bully Effect may be viewed in its entirety at www.CartoonNetworkPR.com/bullyeffect (password: speakup).

Bid Process Open for Facilities to Host 2014 National USTA Adult/Senior Championships

USTA_2cKOUSTA Organizational Members have the opportunity to bid for various USTA National Adult/Senior Championships for the 2014 season.
As per Friend at Court regulations, the USTA shall sanction at least one Category I USTA National Championship in each of the following divisions on hard, grass, clay or indoor surfaces.
Adult divisions consist of: Men's and Women's Open and 30s divisions. Senior divisions consist of: Men's and Women's 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85 and 90 divisions.
Family divisions consist of: Father-Son, Senior Father (60 & over)-Son, Super Senior Father (70 & over)-Son; Father 80 and over-Son; Father-Daughter, Senior Father (60 & over)-Daughter, Super Senior Father (70 & over)-Daughter; Father 80 and over-Daughter; Mother-Son; Mother-Daughter, Senior Mother (60 & over)-Daughter, Super Senior Mother (70 & over)-Daughter; Husband-Wife Mixed, Husband-Wife Mixed Combined Ages 100 Years, Husband-Wife Mixed Combined Ages 120 Years, Husband-Wife Mixed Combined Ages 140 Years; and Grandfather-Grandson.
Mixed divisions consist of: Mixed 30, 40, 50, 60.
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