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Harlem Globetrotters Visit Charlottesville on Anti-Bullying Campaign

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Thursday, a Harlem Globetrotter shared a very personal story with students at a Charlottesville elementary school.

Anthony "Buckets" Blakes talked to students at Clark Elementary School about bullying and what to do if it happens to them.

Students also got a chance to learn a few basketball skills while learning about the basketball team's anti-bullying campaign.  Blakes even told students about a time in his life when was bullied.

"They need to know that everybody is human; it's not just happening to them. Bullying has been around for years and we feel, you know, obligated as professional athletes - because kids do pay attention to us - to get that message across," said Blakes.

The Harlem Globetrotters will spread their anti-bullying message at 400 different schools over the next few months.

Charlottesville City Schools
Press Release

Anthony "Buckets" Blakes of the Harlem Globetrotters entertained and taught Clark Elementary School students an anti-bullying message during a special assembly, February 21.

Known worldwide as the "Ambassadors of Goodwill", the iconic Harlem Globetrotters debuted a brand new community outreach program this year, "The ABCs of Bullying Prevention," in an effort to impact schools around the world. The Globetrotters designed the program in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV). The program focuses on Action, Bravery and Compassion, comprising the ABCs.

The 11-year veteran of the Globetrotters shared with the astonished 3rd and 4th graders that he too was once bullied in school. Buckets then picked girls and boys out of the audience to brainstorm how best to overcome bullying and prevent violence by Taking Action, Being Brave and Being Compassionate. He drove home the important lesson with humor.

"The whole program is designed to help kids remember the tools to prevent bullying every day," said Buckets. "Students should be able to go to school in a carefree environment so they can concentrate on learning."

Of course, a Harlem Globetrotter wouldn't be a Harlem Globetrotter without some awe-inspiring moves and the Phoenix, Arizona native did not disappoint. Buckets amazed the students with his signature ball handling skills. He even got the kids to try their hand at some fancy passing to the tune of "Sweet Georgia Brown."

"The ABCs of Bullying Prevention" is part of the Globetrotters 2013 "You Write the Rules" World Tour, celebrating the team's 87thconsecutive year.

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