Pearson Foundation and WWE® Name WrestleMania® Reading Challenge Finalists

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The winners of the 2013 WrestleMania Reading Challenge are announced.

WWE (NYSE: WWE) and the Pearson Foundation today announced the winners of the 2013 WrestleMania Reading Challenge. The Grand Prize winner will receive a school visit from a WWE Superstar and the first place winners have received a trip to WrestleMania 29 on Sunday, April 7 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. In addition, individuals have been awarded book grants for their schools and will receive a donation of 1,000 books to their school library to support local literacy programs.

For the first time ever, through WWE’s partnership with the Pearson Foundation’s digital literacy initiative, We Give Books, the WrestleMania Reading Challenge featured a digital reading component, expanding the program to include students ages 4-11. More than 27,000 students participated in the WrestleMania Reading Challenge and read more than 111,000 books.

The 2013 WrestleMania Reading Challenge Winners are:

Grand Prize Winner - Alexander S. (FL)

First Place Winners - Dylan A. (NH), Gabriel S. (TN), Kal-El T. (CA), Oghenefejiro A. (FL)

Book Grant Recipients - Rece W. (MO), Abigail F (IN), Alexander A. (CT), Guadalupe R. (CA)

About the Pearson Foundation
The Pearson Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to make a difference by promoting literacy, learning, and great teaching. The Pearson Foundation collaborates with leading businesses, nonprofits, and education experts to share good practice; foster innovation; and find workable solutions to the educational disadvantages facing young people and adults across the globe. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at http://www.pearsonfoundation.org.

About We Give Books
We Give Books (http://www.wegivebooks.org) is a philanthropic program from the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation that helps children become a lifelong readers and givers. We Give Books supports literacy through programs that engage entire communities. Working around the world through programs like Booktime and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, Penguin and the Pearson Foundation have touched millions of lives.

About WWE’S Corporate Social Responsibility
WWE’s global community outreach programs address important social issues, including education, diversity and inclusion, military support and fulfilling wishes and dreams. WWE and its Superstars and Divas support a wide range of programs, partners and initiatives that strive to positively impact children and families worldwide, including the “Be a STAR” anti-bullying campaign, WrestleMania Reading Challenge, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Make-A-Wish, WWE Tribute to the Troops and many more. For more information log onto http://www.WWECommunity.com.

About WWE
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family-friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 145 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 600 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Istanbul and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

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