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Harlem Globetrotter Talks Bullying Prevention at Woodbrook Elementary

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Harlem Globetrotter Anthony "Buckets" Blakes talks to students at Woodbrook Elementary Harlem Globetrotter Anthony "Buckets" Blakes talks to students at Woodbrook Elementary

A special visitor stopped by an Albemarle County elementary school Tuesday morning to talk to students about how to prevent bullying.

Harlem Globetrotter Anthony "Buckets" Blakes brought the positive message as part of national tour to stop violence. The basketball star presented a program that covers three keys ways kids can help reduce bullying in their communities. Some lucky participants got to get up and be part of the action.

Students, teachers and staff at Woodbrook Elementary School filled the gymnasium to learn about the "ABCs of bullying prevention". "ABC" stands for action, bravery and compassion.

Blakes says it helps kids remember to use action by telling the nearest adult in case someone is getting bullied, being brave if a bully approaches them by walking away, and showing compassion to those that have been bullied before.

“Just getting the opportunity to leave a positive message with the kids and influence them in a positive manner because they tend to listen to us because we are professional athletes and we always have something positive to leave them with,” said Blakes.

Blakes also performed some tricks for the crowd.

The Harlem Globetrotters traveled to 420 schools for the anti-bullying initiative last year last year. They are on track to visit another 450 this year.  This program was created in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence.

The Globetrotters team will be back to play at John Paul Jones Arena on March 13 for their 2014 world tour.

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