Thursday, August 04, 2016

Nickelodeon's "The Halo Effect" Honors Will Lourcey Of Fort Worth, Texas, In "FROGS," Premiering Friday, Aug. 12, On Nick USA

Original Nickelodeon USA Press Release:


Lourcey Recognized for Work to Eradicate Childhood Hunger

Through Community Service Projects and Fundraising

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NEW YORK-AUG. 4, 2016– Extraordinary teen Will Lourcey fights to end childhood hunger by providing meals to underprivileged kids in Fort Worth, Texas, in an all-new episode of The HALO Effect, “FROGS,” premiering Friday, Aug. 12, at 8:30 P.M. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. The episode profiles 13-year-old Lourcey, whose organization, FROGS (Friends Reaching Our Goals), hosts monthly dinners for kids in his community. Airing monthly, The HALO Effect highlights teens who “help and lead others” (HALO) in their community and inspire others to do the same. “FROGS” will encore Monday, Aug. 15, at 8pm ET/PT on Nicktoons and Saturday, Aug. 20, at 9:30pm ET/PT on TeenNick.

Lourcey’s interest in childhood hunger and community service began at age seven, when he realized some people in the Fort Worth area were going hungry and did not have access to healthy and affordable food. After volunteering at a local food bank, Lourcey and a group of friends founded FROGS, a kid-run organization that helps underprivileged kids in his community. Every month, FROGS works with the local Boys and Girls Club of Greater Fort Worth to host a kids-only dinner club which provides nutritious meals and teaches lessons about nutrition and eating healthy.

Over the past six years, FROGS has provided over 200,000 healthy meals for kids through the Tarrant Area Food Bank and FROGS Dinner Club, helped pack over 80,000 backpacks with food for hungry children through its Backpacks for Kids program, and helped serve over 10,000 families through the Mobile Food Pantry. Along with the monthly dinner club, Lourcey also runs numerous service projects and fundraisers, and speaks at local schools to inspire kids to give back to their community. In recognition of his commitment to end childhood hunger, Nickelodeon’s The HALO Effect will award a $10,000 grant to Lourcey’s organization.

In each episode of The HALO Effect, the profiled teen will issue a HALO Effect Challenge,” a call-to-action encouraging inspired viewers to participate in their cause and join the HALO movement. As part of Lourcey’s “HALO Effect Challenge,” he is encouraging everyone to donate canned fruits or vegetables to their local food bank and/or take a photo of their favorite healthy meal or snack using the hashtag #HALOEffectChallenge. For more information on Lourcey and his challenge, viewers can visit

The HALO Effect launched in 2013 as a year-round initiative recognizing one deserving teen every month for their work to help and lead others in their community. The initiative was built upon Nickelodeon’s HALO Awards, an annual concert event honoring young community leaders with a grant for their organization and scholarship funds. To date, more than 50 teens across the country have been honored and have received more than $400,000 in grants to fund their non-profit organizations.

The HALO Effect series expands Nickelodeon’s ongoing commitment to the HALO movement by giving an in-depth look into the inspirational stories of teens who are eager to share the issues and projects important to them and excited to engage others to achieve impact. The monthly series is hosted by Sydney Park (Instant Mom) and executive produced by Nick Cannon and NCredible Entertainment, as well as Morgan Spurlock, Richard Arlook, Jeremy Chilnick, Matthew Galkin and Ethan Goldman of Warrior Poets.

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You can find out more about Will Lourcey's good cause, FROGS (Friends Reaching Our Goals), here on the organizations official website,!
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