- Posted September 27, 2013 by
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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HARLEM GLOBETROTTER HELPS ANSWER LETTER TO SANTA WITH ANTI-BULLYING ASSEMBLY
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- zdan, CNN iReport producer
The Harlem Globetrotters have a lot in common with Santa Claus -- they travel the world putting smiles on millions of faces. The Globetrotters gave Santa an assist on Thursday when the team helped answer a boy's letter directed at the North Pole.
Harlem Globetrotters star Ant Atkinson presented the team’s “ABCs of Bullying Prevention” to 600 students at Rocky Mount Prep. The young audience included 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. …”
Ant used the Globetrotters’ signature ball handling skills in a presentation that focused 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.
Following the assembly, Ant presented Ryan and Amber with autographed basketballs and named the twins “Junior Phenoms” for the Globetrotter Spirit they demonstrate as siblings with an exemplary friendship.
Ryan, Amber, and their family will also attend a Globetrotters game when the team brings their new tour to Raleigh at PNC Arena on Sunday, March 2 at 3 p.m.
More info about the Globetrotters “Junior Phenom” Award can be found at http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/ambassadors-of-goodwill/junior-phenom-awards
School administrators can learn more info about the Globetrotters school initiatives and request the “ABCs of Bullying Prevention” program by visiting http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/ambassadors-of-goodwill/abcs-of-bullying-prevention