Goody Awards Announces 2012 Summer Olympics Hero Goody Challenge

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To celebrate athletic heroes going for gold at the Summer Olympics 2012, the Goody Awards announces a Hero Goody Challenge to encourage people to recognize heroes in their lives via Twitter (http://twitter.com/goodyawards.) During the Olympic Games (July 27-Aug 12, 2012), anyone can tweet shout outs to thank heroes who are doing social good in London or at home using #HeroGoody and #GoodyAwards in a tweet. Tweeters can compete for 3 Goody Awards Medals, and the Goody Awards will select a Hero Goody of the Day from these tweets and post it on Facebook (http://facebook.com/goodyawards.)

As the world gathers in London for the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games this Friday, the Goody Awards (http://goodyawards.com) kicks off a Hero Goody Challenge via Twitter to honor people doing outstanding things to make the world a better place. From the Michael Phelps Foundation focused on growing the sport of swimming to the Muhammad Ali Foundation that inspires young people to help their communities, these global athletes inspire everyone to make a difference. And while not everyone can go to the Summer Olympics, anyone can tweet gratitude to heroes anywhere in our global community.

While fans scream YES for 10,000+ star athletes from 204 nations competing in London, Twitter users can cheer the Olympians and hometown heroes like the "9 Nanas" with a thank you tweet by including #HeroGoody #GoodyAwards. The Top 3 Tweeters who post the most tweets during the games (July 27-Aug 12, 2012) will receive Goody Awards Medals: Gold, Silver and Bronze. The tweeters who recognize the most social good will receive Amazon gift certificates: Gold ($200), Silver ($100) and Bronze ($50) with a minimum of ten #HeroGoody tweets to win. The Hero Goody of the day will also be posted on the Goody Awards Facebook http://facebook.com/goodyawards

The first Hero Goody for the Olympic Games might go to the Torch Carriers en route to London. Another Hero Goody can go to Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, who is the artistic director for the opening ceremony and/or music directors, Rick Smith and Karl Hyde of the electronic music duo Underworld. Another may go to a neighbor who puts together an annual fundraiser for a cause or someone who volunteers endless hours to give back. Anyone with a Twitter account can compete to see who recognizes the most social good at the games and in their own backyard. This global contest will bring everyone together to highlight social good via social media.

With Michael Phelps back, here are 16 other US Athletes to watch for inspirational stories behind the scenes: Ryan Lochte (US team, swimming), Natalie Coughlin (swimming), Missy Franklin (swimming), Alex Morgan (Soccer), Abby Wambach (soccer), Kevin Durant (basketball), Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor (volleyball), Phil Dalhausser (volleyball), Logan Tom (volleyball), Nastia Liukin (gymnastics), Shawn Johnson (gymnastics), Jordyn Wieber (gymnastics), Tyson Gay (track and field), Jordan Burroughs (wrestling), Queen Underwood (boxing), Rau’Shee Warren (boxing.)

There are many groups and organizations rallying behind the Olympic Games and causes who also deserve praise, including the USA Track and Field Foundation, who gives athlete development grants. Lopez Lomong is also doing track and field to support the Lopez Lomong Foundation helping people in South Sudan. And then there is the “Carry the Flame” song on YouTube where the music download Sales go to Charity - PlayPump in South Africa and Whizz-Kidz in the UK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGdkqKlP9ds

And last, but very important, there are many Summer Olympics 2012 heroes who will not get much media attention, but deserve big thanks. Unpaid volunteers known as Games Makers will perform a variety of tasks before and during the games need to be thanked with a #HeroGoody #GoodyAwards. Former gold medalist Sebastian Coe said in February 2012, "Our Games Makers will contribute a total of around eight million volunteer hours during the Games and the Games simply wouldn't happen without them" Users can also recognize the security operation is led by the police, with 10,000 officers available, and supported from 13,500 members of the armed forces, Naval and air assets. So get ready, get set and start tweeting thanks away as everyone’s eyes are on London.

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About the Goody Awards
Goody Awards, based in Santa Monica, CA, were created to empower individuals to recognize social good via social media. Users can tweet immediate shout outs using #GoodyAwards and the Award Type (#GoodDeedGoody, #HeroGoody or #TeamGoody, and now #EcoGoody.) In addition to awards that anyone can tweet, the Goody Awards manages cause-marketing campaigns by bringing together a cause, brand sponsors and celebrities to recognize someone or a team doing social good in the space through Special Awards at events and an Annual Awards Show. The Goody Awards (http://facebook.com/goodyawards) goal is encourage global thank yous on a regularly basis via social media versus limit awards to only a few, as seen on CNN Heroes. CEO and Founder, Liz H Kelly, has helped build companies and recognition programs for Fox Interactive Media/MySpace, the first Sprint PCS / Sprint Spectrum, T. Rowe Price and several internet start-ups in Los Angeles, CA. Global Media Experts, Actors, Actresses, Producers, Mobile Leaders and Philanthropists are all part of the Goody Awards Advisory Board.

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