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Sin City celebrates positive action with four continents and 17 cities
Published on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 (6:23 p.m.)LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas community celebrates the second annual [email protected]#$ the World (UTW) Day from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Huntridge Circle Park at 1251 S. Maryland Parkway on Saturday, June 7th, 2014. The event is free and open to the public. UTW Day is a day-long, zero-waste event open to all ages, featuring live performances by bands, spoken word acts, artists and DJs. Representatives from local nonprofit groups, community organizations and UNLV students taking positive action in Las Vegas will be there to inspire and network with people who are looking for a way to make a positive impact in their communities. UTW Day T-shirts are on sale for $25 at the event or in advance at Sin City Yoga, Reclaimed Art Suppliez and Namaste Yoga Studio Las Vegas. All UTW Day proceeds donated to local charities Veteran’s Village and Seeds of Peace. Highlights of the day include a historic Las Vegas bike tour, Gratitude Soap Box, What Are You Doing to UTW interactive wall, face painting, art, water festivities, and food by Sin City Dogs.
“I was inspired to launch UTW Day in Las Vegas after the death of my son who was in the Navy, and my own struggle with PTSD. I just really wanted to help veterans who have suffered severe trauma. Monies raised from the event will be donated to Veteran’s Village to help veterans through the healing process, and to Seeds of Hope to help youth learn coping skills through yoga,” said Joyce Sgro Sportsman, Founder of UTW Day Las Vegas.
Born in 2006, UTW Day is a global movement that inspires everyday people to take positive action in their communities. No positive action is too small, and it’s the sum of our actions that will move the world in the right direction.
“We began Veteran’s Village in 2012 to help veterans with housing and supportive services to live in respect and dignity. We’re excited to gain further support from the community and our goal is to replicate the Veteran’s Village Las Vegas model in other cities throughout the nation,” said Arnold Stalk, Founder of Veteran’s Village Las Vegas.
UTW Day is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that began in Los Angeles with founder Maike Both creating T-shirts. The shirts were so popular that her friends recommended she start an event. The first annual UTW Day was celebrated in 2013 in twelve cities in four continents, featuring local bands and introducing inspiring projects and the people making change in their communities. UTW Day was met with enthusiastic response from participants all over the world that the team at UTW Headquarters in Los Angeles decided to launch an annual event for cities across the globe to raise awareness and funds for charities in their communities.
The second annual UTW Day on Saturday, June 7, 2014 will be celebrated across the globe. The list of cities that have applied to host an official event is growing and includes:
• Traralgon, Australia
• Brisbane, Australia
• Subic Bay, Philippines
• Shanghai, China
• Reykjavik, Iceland
• Rotterdam, Netherlands
• Cologne, Germany
• Vienna, Austria
• Lethbridge, Canada
• Hagerstown, MD
• Lawrence, MA
• Omaha, NE
• New Orleans, LA
• Las Vegas, NV
• Vancouver, WA
• San Francisco, CA
• Los Angeles, CA
To RSVP, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/213787155482488/. For more information on attending, vendor booths, volunteering, or registering your non-profit organization, please contact Joyce Sgro Sportsman at 702.727.7182 or [email protected]
About UTW Day
A 501c3 nonprofit organization, our mission is to empower and inspire everyday people to take positive actions in the world. Our vision is that people across the globe start creating positive change in their own neighborhoods. No action is too small! Saturday, June 8th, 2013 marked the first annual UTW Day. We had events and parties in twelve cities on four continents, with music by local bands and introducing inspiring projects and the people behind them. Monies raised went to local charities. It was such an incredible experience that it didn’t take us long to decide that the next [email protected]#$ The World Day will be on June 7, 2014. Learn more at www.utwnow.org and watch the video at http://youtu.be/GYQ5IVuPtd4.
About Veteran’s Village Las Vegas
Veteran’s Village is dedicated to the creation of an environment that is home to United States Veterans. This is a unique and innovative approach to holistic and comprehensive housing with support services. Public and private collaborative partnerships have been created to provide services to residents including education and degree programs, nutritional programs, exercise training, medical services, mental health counseling, specialized activities and special events. Learn more at http://veteransvillagelasvegas.org/.
About Seeds of Peace
Seeds of Peace is a free weekly program introducing the practice of yoga and peaceful living to youth in Las Vegas. We use tools such as breath awareness, relaxation techniques, physical postures and movement linked with breath, positive intentions, music, sound vibrations, and teamwork exercises. Students focus on looking within themselves, not outside of themselves, for peace, happiness and equanimity. We create a fun, supportive, physically active environment that students enjoy participating in. As we strive to plant these "seeds of peace" within each student, it is our goal that these peaceful seeds will continue to grow and spread throughout the school community and beyond to teachers, family and friends. Learn more at www.blueskyyogalv.com/seedsofpeace.html.