Howard Johnson Hotels and the Harlem Globetrotters are out to make Canada a happier place. They will achieve this with the launch of three new initiatives aimed at bringing happiness to Canadian children.
The Happy Heroes program will recognize students who have performed acts that have brought happiness to their fellow students or their communities. Winning students will be selected by their school principal and will receive tickets for themselves and their families to a Harlem Globetrotters game and will meet some of the team members. In partnership with the Children’s Wish Foundation, Howard Johnson will be providing tickets for Harlem Globetrotters games to children with life-threatening illnesses. And, in four Canadian cities Howard Johnson will be presenting the Harlem Globetrotters’ “ABCs of Bullying Prevention” program. The program, presented by the stars of the Harlem Globetrotters, teaches the principles of Action, Bravery and Compassion as the keys to preventing bullying. Bullying may not seem like a happy subject, but preventing bullying certainly makes for happier children.
These events are part of Howard Johnson’s ongoing “go happy. go hojo.” program that seeks to promote initiatives that make our communities happier places. “Howard Johnson is a sponsor of the Harlem Globetrotters’ Canadian tour” said Glen Blake, President of Howard Johnson Canada, “and they bring happiness to people worldwide. We think this is a perfect opportunity to spread some happiness among Canadian children and encourage them to take actions that will make the world a happier place.”
Howard Johnson and the Harlem Globetrotters grew up together. Howard Johnson opened his first store in 1925, and a year later, the Harlem Globetrotters were formed. Over eighty-seven years, the Globetrotters have played over 24,000 games, and Howard Johnson Canada operates 64 hotels with 4,600 rooms. . Both Howard Johnson and the Harlem Globetrotters have always been focused on making families happy. These new initiatives take that focus into the communities served by Howard Johnson hotels.
Each year, thousands of Canadian children between the ages of three and 17 are diagnosed with a life threatening illness. Since 1984, The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada has worked tirelessly to grant exceptional wishes to over 19,000 children and their families. Each wish is an individual adventure, carefully structured to meet the needs of a particular child and family. Children’s Wish is a national charity with chapters in every province and territory.
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