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USA Network & Verizon Announce CHARACTERS UNITE COLLEGE TOUR

September 4
1:28 2014
USA Network & Verizon Announce CHARACTERS UNITE COLLEGE TOUR

Verizon and usa network are teaming for the Characters Unite College Tour to encourage students to use technology and their voices to help solve some of the country's biggest social issues, such as stopping hate and discrimination and preventing dating abuse. USA and Verizon today launched a national CONTEST - the "Characters Unite College Tour Competition" - for colleges and universities to win the opportunity to become one of the seven campuses visited on the tour this fall.

From September 3 through September 26, all college and university students can enter the competition atcharactersunitecollegetour.com. Once students have entered the contest, they can encourage their friends to enter by promoting the tour on Facebook and Twitter. For every friend they get to enter, their school receives a bonus referral vote. The school with the highest number of entries will be guaranteed a stop on the fall tour and get a very special guest - one of the stars from a usa network hit series.

"Verizon's culture of diversity and inclusion is the core of who we are as a company and allows our employees to unleash their full talent and potential," said Michelle Watts, director of workforce performance, at Verizon. "We're proud to join the Characters Unite College Tour to help engage the brightest minds of tomorrow in creating a more open and respectful society, and make a positive difference in the world."

"The Characters Unite College Tour and Competition represents our continued effort to inspire students to speak out against hate, abuse and discrimination," said Toby Graff, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, USA Network. "We are proud to partner with Verizon and their HopeLine campaign to encourage today's students, our future leaders, to become champions of change at their schools and in their communities."

At each stop of the Characters Unite College Tour, students will be invited to create a free "I Won't Stand For..." t-shirt, personalizing it by stamping a word to fill in the blank, such as bullying, dating abuse, racism, religious intolerance, sexism, homophobia, ableism and more. In addition, they can take a photo to be a part of the Characters Unite online gallery and immediately share the image with their friends and family via social media, joining millions of people - including top musicians, movie and television stars, athletes and political leaders - in the Characters Unite campaign to combat all forms of violence and discrimination.

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