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Characters Unite Award nominations due

Mar 11, 2013

NEW YORK – USA Network, in partnership with Mediacom, has launched the third Characters Unite Awards, part of USA’s ongoing public affairs campaign to address social injustices and bridge cultural divides.

Kicked off during Characters Unite Month in February, a time when the USA Network leverages all its platforms to shine a special spotlight on the importance of combating hate and discrimination, the program recognizes extraordinary individuals who have made significant and lasting efforts to champion civil and human rights in their communities.

The month included new PSAs, original programming, the documentary “NFL Characters Unite,” digital content, events across the country and more.

“Mediacom is thrilled to partner again with USA Network on the Characters Unite Awards to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of extraordinary individuals working tirelessly to promote tolerance and respect in our local communities,” said Mediacom Senior Vice President Ed Pardini. “We’ve seen how these awards effect change in a positive and ongoing way.”

The nomination period for the 2013 Characters Unite Awards began Feb. 1 and runs through Friday. Entries, including a maximum 500-word essay on how the nominee meets the criteria of character, impact and influence, can be submitted online at charactersunite.com.

Complete rules and regulations also are posted on the website.

Winners, announced in the spring, will receive $5,000 grants to support their project or related nonprofit organization and will be featured by USA on-air and online. They also will be honored this year at a local market ceremony presented by Mediacom and USA Network.

Last year, 10 Characters Unite Awards recipients were selected from hundreds of nominees for their successful efforts to combat prejudice and discrimination in their communities. The 2012 winners included Phillip Ambrose, principal at the Thurgood Marshall Learning Center, an alternative school serving the Rock Island/Milan School District in Illinois. Under the leadership of Ambrose, the school pursues and engages in compelling projects to increase awareness of diversity, tolerance and respect through innovative cross-curricular activities. Most recently, with the school’s Tuskegee Airmen Project, students studied how the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first squadron of African-American pilots, overcame prejudice to achieve their goal of fighting for their country. The next project the school plans to undertake is entitled Beyond the Dream; 50 years (1963-2013), which studies tolerance in America and the impact of significant events and people over the course of the last 50 years, from Dr. King’s famous “I have a dream” speech to Barack Obama’s presidency.

To learn more about previous Characters Unite Award recipients or to find more information on Characters Unite, visit charactersunite.com.

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