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LAS VEGAS, NV. On Wednesday, November 19, 2008
at 12 noon, Hulk Hogan will be honored by National
Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Chairman Ernie
Stevens, Jr. in conjunction with the Global Gaming
Expo 2008 in Las Vegas, NV. He will receive the
“Humanitarian Award” for his work
on behalf of the “Dreamseekers” Foundation.
with the Spirit of Sovereignty Foundation at the
National Indian Gaming Association, Hulk and Dreamseekers
have committed to building the non-profit organization
in partnership with Indian Country to provide
needed assistance to Native America youth and
Hogan, one of the most successful entertainment
personalities and Executive Producer/host of the
“Celebrity Championship Wrestling”
series on CMT, will participate in the foundation’s
activities by providing a familiar public face
and forwarding the organization’s goal:
providing greater opportunities for youth in Indian
Country. Hulk Hogan has made it a priority to
start this program in areas of Indian Country
with the most need.
the project is implemented, the Dreamseekers Foundation
hopes to provide a significant amount per annum
to tribal nations that face adversities such as
poverty, violence and lack of various resources.
“We’re specifically focusing on efforts
to improve healthcare and education for Native
youth and their families around the country, as
well as give them access to as many other critical
opportunities as possible,” said Ernie Stevens
Jr., co-founder of the foundation.
Hulkamania Experience TM, a multilevel progressive
video-slot series based on the adventures of the
iconic superstar, is expected to debut at the
2008 Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas and roll
out nationally during the next several months.
As a part of the foundation’s fundraising
initiative, a portion of the proceeds from The
Hulkamania Experience tm will go towards the various
health and education initiatives yet to be determined
by the foundation.
game, developed in conjunction with Rainmaker
Gaming Technology and ID Interactive, LLC, represents
a fundamentally new approach towards community
involvement in Indian Country. Hulk’s efforts
alongside that of the National Indian Gaming Association
are a first of their kind, and it all spawned
from an initial conversation between Ernie Stevens,
Jr. and Hogan. “Hulk simply asked what he
could do to help Indian Country, and we both agreed
that it all starts with our children,” Stevens
Indian children are more likely to live in poverty
than any other racial or ethnic group in this
country“, Hogan noted, citing recent U.S.
Census Bureau data. “It’s time to
change that, and I’m proud to be associated
with that effort,” said Hulk Hogan.
is an exciting opportunity to use the Hulk Hogan
brand in a fulfilling way that makes a difference
in people’s lives at the local level,”
says Eric Bischoff of Bischoff Hervey Entertainment,
Hogan’s partners in the project.
year Hogan was a recipient of a very high honor
on behalf of the tribal leaders and the traditional
community of South Dakota for his help in Indian
Country while attending the Lakota Nation Invitational
in Rapid City, SD. It was one of very few times
in history that someone from outside the community
has received such a prestigious honor. Hulk continues
to feel the energy of that ceremony that took
place ten months ago and looks forward to doing
so much more.
DATA / NEWS HOOKS:
a third of all American Indian and Alaska Native
children live in poverty
percent of Native American children in single-parent
homes live below the poverty level. This is the
highest rate among minorities, and more than twice
the rate for White children in similar homes.
"Children and the Households They Live In,"
a special report released by the Census Bureau.
most recently as the host of NBC’s top-rated
“American Gladiator”, and host and
Executive Producer of CMT’s series, “Celebrity
Wrestling”, Hulk Hogan is one of the best-recognized
celebrities in the United States.
time world wrestling champion, including six WCW
World Heavyweight belts, six WWE Championships,
and a World Tag Team championship belt, Hulk Hogan
is arguably the greatest wrestler in sports entertainment
history. Rarely has an athlete held so many professional
titles to his name in such a vast career.
Hogan is also well known among young fans for
his four "demandments": which include
training, saying prayers, eating vitamins, and
believing in one self. As a result, he is one
of the most-requested celebrities for the Make-a-Wish
Foundation children’s charity.
Bischoff began his TV career in syndication and
sales for an organization in Minneapolis known
as the AWA in August of 1987. His transition from
an obscure “office” position to an
on-camera host for the company’s daily program
on ESPN and in syndication was an event that truly
defined the phrase “right time…right
in the right place at the right time isn’t
always simply coincidence. Indeed, in many respects
it’s really all about passion, instinct,
commitment, and risk. Bischoff’s move from
the AWA to Turner Broadcasting in 1991 and his
subsequent path that began as on camera talent
at Turner Broadcasting culminated in 1999 when
he was named President of Turner/Time Warner’s
this period he had the opportunity to take a fledgling
division of Turner Broadcasting that happened
to be a personal favorite of Ted Turner, from
a money losing-content producing lost leader (from
a corporate point of view) to a $300+ million
dollar leader in the industry that had ABC Television
up at night wondering how to shore up the male
audience that was making “Monday Nitro on
TNT” their preferred destination during
the NFL season.
Bischoff and Jason Hervey own their own production
company (BISCHOFF-HERVEY ENTERTAINMENT), developing
television content for NBC, VH1, CMT, E! and many
other outlets as well as developing licensing
opportunities for entertainment brands..
ERNIE STEVENS, JR.
is the Chairman of the National Indian Gaming
Association, representing 184 tribes in gaming,
based in Washington, D.C. Stevens is a former
councilman for the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin,
as well as former 1st Vice President of the National
Congress of American Indians. He is currently
serving his fourth consecutive term as chairman
for the association.
the NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING ASSOCIATION (NIGA)
is a non-profit trade association comprised of
184 American Indian Nations and other non-voting
associate members. The mission of NIGA is to advance
the lives of Indian people; economically, socially,
and politically. NIGA operates as a clearinghouse
and educational, legislative and public policy
resource for tribes, policy makers, and the public
on Indian gaming issues and tribal community development.
For more information, visit www.indiangaming.org.
Interactive LLC, producer of the Hulkamania multilevel
progressive, is an independent game developer,
designer and distributor with a domestic US focus
on Indian Country and a history of commitment
to charitable community programs. ID distributes
games in the US, Western and Eastern Europe, Mexico,
Central and South America and Asia. CEO Jon Goldstein
is a founding partner of the Dreamseekers Foundation.
Dreamseekers and the Spirit of Sovereignty Foundation
and the Spirit of Sovereignty Foundation recognize
students that are exceptionally talented and demonstrate
skills that positively represent the Native American
community. Recipients are qualified based on criteria
such as, but not limited to: Course study, GPA,
and Enrollment. The selection process for scholarship
is competitive, and the award is distinct and