USA Network Holding Anti-Bullying Commercial Contest (Exclusive)
“If you have money and would like to assist these young athletes and the sport, you should donate for athlete stipends to support the training of these boxers and help your country regain its prominence on the medal stand. Please do not take them from us. If they win a medal for their country, you can always sign them to professional contracts at that time.” Tyson did not immediately return a phone call, and publicist Joann Mignano said he would not be commenting. Mignano confirmed, though, that Iron Mike Promotions signed Florida fighter Erickson Lubin on Tuesday, his 18th birthday. Lubin is a two-time Junior Olympic national champion and won the 152-pound division at the National Golden Gloves this year. In his USA Boxing bio, he said his goals were to win a gold medal at the Olympics, turn pro and win every title possible. “We want to be competitive and we want to increase our overall performance in the Olympic Games,” said USA Boxing executive director Anthony Bartkowski. “This is a new strategy of trying to make sure our Olympic-aged athletes are not poached by promoters. In the past, USA Boxing was passive and just accepted it.” Tyson isn’t the only promoter trying to lure amateurs to the pros. Last month, DiBella Entertainment said it signed highly touted 17-year-old Junior “Sugar Boy” Younan of New York to a contract and said he would make his pro debut in late October or early November, after he turned 18. Boxing promoters have long trolled the amateur ranks looking for talent, especially in recent years as the lure of Olympic gold has faded for many fighters. Winning in the Olympics was once a guaranteed way to make millions, but as U.S.
We were so thrilled that Carly Rae Jepsen signed on to headline #UniteLIVE: the Concert to Rock Out Bullying, USA Networks senior vice president of public affairs, Toby Graff, told TheWrap . Shes genuinely passionate about the cause of stopping bullying and she has a huge following among the exact audience of young people were trying to reach to spread the message and help prevent bullying. Also read: Breaking Bad Star Aaron Paul Raises Nearly $1.8 Million for Anti-Bullying Charity Jepsen also appears in an original Public Service Announcement (PSA) calling for student entries to the competition that will air on USA Network. Starting Thursday, students between the ages of 13 to 18-years-old can enter the commercial contest by submitting a short written essay or video www.charactersunite.com . The winner will receive an iPad and trip to Los Angeles to see the commercial filmed. Two runner-ups will also receive iPads. The contest ends on Nov. 20. Were excited to get creative ideas on how to stop and prevent bullying from kids across the country, Graff said. They understand the issue and they know how to speak to their peers in a way that can really resonate. The Unite Against Bullying Commercial Challenge will give them a chance to express themselves, make a real difference and win a cool prize of seeing their idea made into a real TV ad. Also read: USA Welcomes Modern Family Fans With Multi-Platform Offerings USA Network, R&R Partners Foundations Flip the Script and Cox Communications presented Thursdays #UniteLive: The Concert to Rock Out Bullying. Nolan Gould (Modern Family), Sheamus (WWE), James Roday (Psych), and Mehcad Brooks (Necessary Roughness) made appearances. The concert and contest are part of USA Networks initiative called Characters Unite, which aims to combat discrimination and intolerance.