“Thank you for fighting for me.”
Charlie Brennan – Monday, May 19th – ESPN.com’s Rick Reilly; Lizzie Sider, 15-year-old Rising Country Music Star
May 19, 2014 11:44 AM
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Charlie talks with ESPN.com’s Rick Reilly about his new book, “Tiger, Meet My Sister…And Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said”.
Charlie talks with 15-year-old rising Country Music Star Lizzie Sider, recipient of the Peter Yarrow Hero Award at the 2nd Annual Hatebraker Hero Awards and creator of the “Bullying Prevention Tour”, about her new hits, “Butterfly” and “I Love You That Much”, and about her efforts to end school bullying.
(Hatebrakers Awards event tonight, 5/19, 7:00 PM, at the Frontenac Hilton Hotel. For reservations, call 314-882-6182.)
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The Second Annual HateBrakers Heroes Awards will be held at 7:00 pm, May 19, 2014, at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac in St. Louis, MO.
Lizzie Sider will be honored, and will also be giving a special performance following the awards.
Lizzie Sider, named by the Country Music Association “Who to Watch” in 2013 will receive the Peter Yarrow HateBraker Hero Award. She always loved to sing but mean girls used to ask her to sing and then laugh at her and run away. One day she stopped crying and found her power in words and music. Today her Bullying Prevention Tour, comforting kids of all ages who have been teased or bullied, has taken her to California and Florida already reaching over 70,000 kids through live assemblies.
CMA / May 14, 2014
Emerging Country artist Lizzie Sider will be honored as a HateBraker Hero at the second annual HateBraker Heroes Awards on Monday, May 19, at the Hilton Frontenac in St. Louis, Missouri. As the evening’s featured entertainer, Sider will perform “Butterfly,” which she co-wrote about her own experiences of being teased, ridiculed and excluded by other children and how she overcame the pain.
The 15-year-old performer is being honored for her work in helping others to transcend the horrors of being bullied, and for her own moral courage to have become a leader and a role model, in the quest to raise awareness of, and to help stop bullying. In her efforts to promote bullying prevention, Sider has toured schools in California and Florida to present assemblies in which she shares her own personal stories of teasing with students. It is during these assemblies that Lizzie imparts her message that above all else, “Nobody has the power to ruin your day!” Starting April 9, the tour continued into Texas schools. By the end of the 2013-2014 school year, she will have met with nearly 100,000 students.
“Lizzie mustered the courage to rise above bullying and tell her story to the world,” said Susan Balk, Founding Director, HateBrakers. “Whenever a roomful of children hear her sing ‘Butterfly,’ about how she stopped hiding and learned to fly, they understand that they can do it too. She’s a powerhouse of healing, and she’s not even old enough to drive!”
HateBrakers, a division of the non-profit New Conscience, Inc., promotes the leadership and heroism of individuals who aid in “Hitting the Brakes on Hate” to help others recover from violence, bullying, racism, revenge, scapegoating and other aggressive acts. In 2013, Peter Yarrow of the legendary music trio Peter, Paul and Mary was honored as a HateBraker Hero. To learn more about HateBrakers, visit http://www.hatebrakers.org/.
Sider, who splits her time between Boca Raton, Florida and Nashville, Tennessee, will perform at CMA Music Festival on Friday, June 7, at 1 PM on the Chevy Roadhouse Stage.
Allison Sylte, KSDK 6:27 p.m. CDT May 14, 2014
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Four people who have overcome immense adversity are being honored this year at the second annual HateBraker Heroes Awards.
The awards are scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Hotel. HateBrakers is a nonprofit dedicated to ending hate.
Watch the VIDEO, KSDK’s interview of Susan Balk, by clicking on this link: http://www.ksdk.com/story/life/2014/05/14/hatebraker-heroes-awards-monday-lizzie-sider-morgan-keenan-lenore-pepper/9100725/
The HateBraker heroes are:
Lizzie Sider, named by the Country Music Association “Who to Watch” in 2013 will receive the Peter Yarrow HateBraker Hero Award. She always loved to sing but mean girls used to ask her to sing and then laugh at her and run away. One day she stopped crying and found her power in words and music. Today her Bullying Prevention Tour, comforting kids of all ages who have been teased or bullied, has taken her to California and Florida already reaching over 70,000 kids through live assemblies. Her first St. Louis assembly tour will be held in May.
Morgan Keenan was a teenager when he first was outed and his parents then shunned him from the family. At sixteen, Morgan’s challenges included keeping a roof over his head and finishing his Algebra homework. He went on to finish high school and college through scholarships and hard work, Two years ago he founded Missouri GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) Network, which is a network of high school clubs in Missouri working to empower student leaders to fight homophobia and transphobia in Missouri Schools. Today there are over 45 clubs in the network and Morgan’s focus is developing student leaders who create change and put the brakes on hate in Missouri.
Willie Dyson‘s mother abandoned him when he was six weeks old. He was frail and sickly when the white couple who fostered him was told he would never walk. Through their healing care he not only thrived, he went on to college with a football scholarship. His professional music video “No Color” captures the raw and real story of his struggle and his effort to build social support for inter-racial adoption.
Lenore Pepper, St. Louis icon of wisdom, generosity and business success was six years old when a family in the neighborhood brutally beat her and called her anti-Semitic names. She says she managed to survive such hate “by killing them with kindness. Anything I can do to help make things better, I want to do. Anything.”
Posted: May 13, 2014 3:25 PM CDT
Updated: May 13, 2014 3:29 PM CDT
MIDLAND – The Texas Leadership Charter Academy got a visit from an emerging country artist on Tuesday morning.
Lizzie Sider visited the school as part of her school tour where she speaks to students throughout the State of Texas.
The students got to hear as sider talk about her own struggles with teasing and hear her song “Butterfly” which was written about her experience and how she overcame it.
Sider hopes to be a positive role model and to help prevent future bullying.
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