USO-Metro and WWE partner to pay homage to and provide holiday cheer for the troops
In celebration of the USO’s 75th anniversary, the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore – the USO’s largest charter in the world – arranged for WWE Superstars to visit seven military installations as part of WWE’s Tribute to the Troops holiday television broadcast. WWE held the 14th annual event on Dec. 13 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
USO-Metro coordinated with local military installations to arrange for 50 WWE Superstars to visit with thousands of active duty service members and their families from each branch of service. Throughout a six-hour period, teams of WWE Superstars fanned out across the national capital region participating in unique experiential activities and meet-and-greet autograph and photo sessions.
WWE Superstars included Big Show, Titus O’Neil, Bayley, Alicia Fox, Sasha Banks, Mark Henry, The New Day, Apollo Crews, Rhyno, Nikki Bella, Roman Reigns, Sheamus and Sgt. Slaughter.
Alongside active duty service members, Superstars tried their hands at a live ammunition firing range, rode on a 29-foot Coast Guard response boat, took a helicopter ride over the nation’s capital and visited wounded, ill, and injured service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Several of the Superstars strapped their legs to wheelchairs and competed with wounded warriors in a fun game of basketball. At Fort Meade, WWE held its signature “Be a STAR®” anti-bullying rally for more than 1,500 military schoolchildren.