Harlem Globetrotter brings anti-bullying message to Cedar Rapids school

Stop was part of tour with National Campaign to Stop Violence

Published: December 11 2013 | 7:00 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 12:41 am in
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How do you make three hundred elementary school students scream with excitement about an anti-bullying message?

Pair the message with a Harlem Globetrotter spinning a basketball on his finger and then doing pushups with the ball balanced perfectly on his back.

Harlem Globetrotter member Brawley “Cheese” Chisholm brought the Globetrotters “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention” message to Pierce Elementary in Cedar Rapids Tuesday.

Kindergartners, third, fourth and fifth graders packed the school gym for an hour of games and basketball tricks topped with a message of standing up to bullies.

“Bullying is not cool, and it should never happen,” Chisholm said.

He said the ABCs of bullying prevention start with A for action, telling someone like a teacher if you see bullying. B stands for bravery, being brave enough to walk away from bullies and not laugh at their jokes. C stands for compassion, being a friend to those who are being bullied.

The Globetrotters designed the program in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence. The Globetrotters will bring “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention” to over 300 schools and youth centers as part of their 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour, celebrating the team’s 87th consecutive year.

School principal Rebecca DeWald said the message fit in well with the anti-bullying message the school’s staff is working hard to spread.

“The message was great, it was right in with what we’re teaching kids every day,” she said.

Chisholm also told the students to dream big and then work hard to accomplish those dreams.

“In college, I would shoot 1,000 jump shots every day before class,” he said. “You have to work hard to do what you want to do in life.”

Fourth grader Olivia Yee said she enjoyed the assembly.

“I thought it was very cool,” she said. “He was very talented.”

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