104,000 Show Support for America as part of Smackdown Your Vote!
The six-city tour – sponsored by World Wrestling Entertainment® , Participate America Foundation and Weekly Reader -- encouraged Americans to become more active citizens. It also signaled the start of National Civic Participation Week, from September 11 to 17, when citizens from all walks of life came together to celebrate democracy and civic participation in events across the United States.
During today’s event, WWE® Superstars Rob Van Dam® , Spike Dudley® and Stacy Keibler® were joined by Houston dignitaries and other citizens in renewing their shared commitment to their country and Constitution by signing a replica Constitutional scroll, and making a commitment to "Pledge To Participate" by volunteering, communicating with elected officials, and contributing to worthy causes. They also registered to vote in the 2002 elections.
The Tour and National Civic Participation Week have both met with success. More than 104,000 people participated in the Tour by signing a replica Constitution at events and on-line at wwe.com. In addition, the Smackdown Your Vote! partners, led by the Participate America Foundation and its 586 events during National Civic Participation Week, and Rock The Vote, along with Youth Vote Coalition and Project Vote Smart, have registered more than 145,000 voters over the past several weeks. During National Civic Participation Week more than 50,000 volunteers logged 150,000 hours of volunteer activity during the week. More than 85,000 students participated in or led National Civic Participation Week events. More than 50,000 people Pledged To Participate to improve their communities and their democracy.
Participate America Foundation (www.ParticipateAmerica.org) is a nonprofit, 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to strengthen American democracy by organizing and coordinating civic participation activities nationwide during National Civic Participation Week, September 11-17.
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Founded in July 2000, Smackdown Your Vote!™ is a partnership of non-partisan organizations encouraging young people to vote, including the Youth Vote Coalition, Project Vote Smart, the National Foundation of Women Legislators, National Association of Secretaries of State, California's Vote America, Close Up/First Vote, Freedom's Answer, Participate America, Rock The Vote and World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
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