On Sunday, April 2nd, WWE will host WrestleMania at the Orlando Citrus Bowl (which will air on WWE Network). While no stops at Walt Disney World are planned, the organization does have a number of community events lined up for the week designed to give back to the Central Florida area. Here’s what they have planned ahead of the big event:
Veteran Employment Panel & Networking Event – Tuesday, March 28, Full Sail University
WWE, Central Florida Sports Commission, City of Orlando and Full Sail University will host a Veteran Employment Panel and Networking Event in support of Hire Heroes USA, giving nearly 150 veterans an opportunity to receive one-on-one career coaching and then network with key employers from the Orlando area including Lockheed Martin, Hilton, ADP and many more.
- Tammy Elliott, VP, Career Development, Full Sail University
- Val Nicholas, VP, Multicultural Initiatives, NBC News
- Jim Rice, Managing Director, Supporting Strategies
- John Scheler, VP, Operations, Talent, Live Events and Creative, WWE
- Brian Stann, CEO, Hire Heroes USA
- Michael Waldrop, Chairman, Mayor Dyer’s (Orlando) Veteran Advisory Council
In addition, WWE Superstar Mark Henry®, NXT® Superstars and military veterans Macey Estrella, Montez Ford and Steve Cutler, will be on-site to meet the attendees.
- WWE Community Caravan – Wednesday, March 29
WWE Superstars Enzo Amore™, Big Cass™, Sasha Banks™ and Sin Cara®, NXT Superstars Billie Kay™, Liv Morgan™ and Peyton Royce™, and WWE Ambassador Dana Warrior, will visit the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.
Additionally, WWE Superstars Bayley™, Titus O’Neil®, Sami Zayn™, Big Show® and Nia Jax™, and NXT Superstar Ember Moon™, will visit Florida Hospital for Children.
Following the hospital visits, Titus O’Neil, Sami Zayn, Big Show, Nia Jax, Ember Moon and Dana Warrior will visit the Englewood Neighborhood Center and host a pizza party, while Mark Henry, Darren Young®, Sin Cara, Billie Kay, Liv Morgan and Peyton Royce will host a pizza party at the Smith Community Center.
At each appearance, WWE and NXT Superstars will take pictures, sign autographs and donate action figures, WWE 2K17 video games and WWE Network subscriptions for the facilities’ play rooms.
- Hefty Park Clean Up –Wednesday, March 29, Lake Lorna Doone Park
WWE has partnered with Hefty and the City of Orlando’s Keep Orlando Beautiful, to host a park clean up where WWE Superstars Dana Brooke™, Goldust® and R-Truth® will be joined by District 5 City Commissioner Regina I and volunteers at Lake Lorna Doone Park.
- Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game –Thursday, March 30, Poinciana High School
WWE will host a Special Olympics unified event at Poinciana High School in Kissimmee, where athletes from Special Olympics Florida will participate in a unified basketball game. WWE Superstars Big Show, AJ Styles, Mark Henry and Dana Brooke, and WWE Ambassador Dana Warrior, will serve as honorary coaches, while WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel and WWE Announcer Greg Hamilton will serve as announcers.
- Be a STAR®Anti-Bullying Rally – Thursday, March 30, Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida: Universal Orlando Foundation Branch
Last year, WWE and The Boys & Girls Clubs of America launched a multi-year partnership focusing on youth development and bullying prevention efforts around Be a STAR, WWE’s anti-bullying initiative (#BeaSTAR).
WWE Superstars Darren Young, Jason Jordan™, Chad Gable™, Sin Cara and Natalya®, and WWE Ambassador Dana Warrior, along with representatives from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, will speak about the importance of bullying prevention to Club members.
- WrestleManiaAxxess – Thursday, March 30 through Sunday, April 2, Orange County Convention Center
WrestleMania Axxess (#AXXESS) is the ultimate fan experience. This year’s WrestleMania Axxess will take place from Thursday, March 30 through Sunday, April 2 at the Orange County Convention Center. Fans will have unprecedented access to meet their favorite WWE Superstars and Legends through a host of interactive fan experiences, including autograph signings and live matches.
- WrestleManiaReading Celebration – Friday, March 31, Prairie Lake Elementary School
Students at Prairie Lake Elementary School, winners of this year’s WrestleMania Reading Challenge, will participate in a Reading Celebration (#WWEReads) featuring WWE Superstars Darren Young and Zack Ryder®, NXT Superstars Ember Moon, Dasha Fuentes™ and Tye Dillinger™, and WWE Ambassador Dana Warrior. In an effort to support local literacy programs, WWE and First Book are donating 20,000 books to Orlando area schools.
- Susan G. Komen Project:OM Yoga Event– Saturday, April 1, Full Sail Live
WWE and Susan G. Komen have teamed up for a Project: OM yoga event with E! News host Maria Menounos and 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee Diamond Dallas Page at Full Sail Live in Winter Park. WWE Ambassador Dana Warrior, and WWE Superstars Titus O’Neil and Natalya, will also participate.
Project:OM is a partnership between Susan G. Komen and Manduka to promote health and wellness in support of Susan G. Komen’s Bold Goal of reducing breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.