Circle of Champions
What is Circle of Champions?
WWE’s Circle of Champions grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses who desire to meet their favorite WWE Superstars and Divas. Since 1982, WWE Superstars have conducted more than 6,000 meet-and-greet sessions with sick children in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, Germany, France, Mexico, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, to name a few.
WWE grants hundreds of wishes a year to children around the world who have requested meets with our WWE Superstars through various wish organizations including the Make-A-Wish, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Kid’s Wish Network, the Rainbow Connection, Sunshine Foundation of Canada and A Wish with Wings in North America and internationally for Dreams Come True, Rays of Sunshine the Willow Foundation and Starlight. In 2012, WWE granted 129 wishes within the United States and abroad. To date in 2013 WWE Superstars have granted 79 wishes granted in the US, Australia and South Africa. They will be hosting 9 wish families at SummerSlam.
WWE Superstar John Cena, who serves as a Make-A Wish Ambassador, received the 300th wish award in Phoenix granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. John is the only celebrity to have ever accomplished this achievement. Of the top 25 celebrity wish granters on the MAW roster, six of them are former and current WWE Superstars including The Undertaker, Rey Mysterio, Triple H and The Rock. In April 2013 John Cena became the face of the World Wish Day “ Wishes in Flight” campaign where he is encouraging the WWE Universe to donate miles to assist Make-A-Wish in flying kids worldwide to have their wishes granted. John Cena has made a personal donation of 4.5 million miles which he is hoping the WWE Universe will match.
Muscular Dystrophy Association
In August 2012, WWE and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) joined forces to launch MDA’s “Make A Muscle, Make a Difference” campaign at WWE’s SummerSlam kick-off party. The event raised awareness for muscle diseases and featured members of MDA’s celebrity muscle team such as WWE Superstar Triple H, Nancy O’Dell, Alison Sweeney and others. WWE continues to help support the MDA and Sgt. Slaughter appears regularly at MDA fund-raising events in New York, Boston, Charlotte and Minneapolis when taking part as an auctioneer Sgt. Slaughter has assisted and continues to assist MDA in raising funds to send MDA kids to summer camp. In 2103 at the MDA Boston annual fund-raiser event, Sgt. Slaughter had the highest bid of the night for a WWE Auction package which raised over $14,000.00 for the Boston Chapter.