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Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS RESPOND TO BOY’S LETTER TO SANTA WITH ANTI-BULLYING ASSEMBLY TO 600 STUDENTS AT ROCKY MOUNT PREP
Eric Nemeth, a publicity representative for the Harlem Globetrotters, let us know Harlem Globetrotters star Ant Atkinson will host an anti-bullying assembly for the students of Rocky Mount Preperatory on Thursday, Sept.26. “We thought that especially with a player of ours living 30 minutes away, we could add something to the bullying perspective,” Nemeth said, referring to the team’s “ABCs of Bullying Prevention” program. “The stars aligned. It happened quickly. And we didn’t have to fly a player in there.”
Karen Bergman, chief operations officer for the school, confirmed the assembly is happening on Sept. 26. She noted that October is bullying awareness month and the Harlem Globetrotter assembly is a program they’re doing in addition to the school’s character education.
“We are working very diligently to ensure that our students have the internal capacities to be strong, to have true grit, and to have strong moral compasses because in the world, there’s going to be all kinds of opportunities for people to hurt your feelings. But the most important thing is we want out scholars to be strong and diligent in following the golden rule,” she said.
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Harlem Globetrotters star Ant Atkinson, native of Wilson, NC, will present the team’s “ABCs of Bullying Prevention” to 600 students in grades K-5 at Rocky Mount Prep. The young audience will include 8-year old twins Ryan and Amber Suffern, who recently received national attention when Ryan’s letter to Santa Claus went viral. Part of Ryan’s letter reads:
"Dear Santa ... I wanted a (remote control) car and helicopter, but I don't want that (anymore). (Kids) at school are still picking on Amber and it’s not fair. …”
See here for the original story from CNN - http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/16/us/bullying-santa-letter-ireport/index.html
Ant will use the Globetrotters’ signature ball handling skills in a presentation that focuses on Action, Bravery, and Compassion as ways to combat bullying. The Globetrotters designed the program in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence. Stars of the team will bring the program to over 300 schools during the 2013-14 school year.
Immediately following the assembly, Ant will present Ryan and Amber with autographed basketballs and name the twins “Junior Phenoms” for the Globetrotter Spirit they demonstrate as siblings with an exemplary friendship. They will also receive tickets to see the Globetrotters in Raleigh when the team will play at PNC Arena on Sunday, March 2 at 3 p.m.