Harlem Globetrotter visits DIS, delivers special spin on anti-bullying campaign
In its 90th year trotting the globe, the world’s most famous ballers are showing youth some important defensive tactics off the court.
Founded in 1926, the Harlem Globetrotters organized as a result of basketball leagues that were far from inclusive. The team made a name for itself not only as a real contender against its seasoned opponents, but also as the outfit that would break the color barrier and, later, the gender barrier.
And it is precisely this kind of principled fortitude that is at the heart of an important message the Harlem Globetrotters share with young people today. “Not allowing someone to play basketball because of the color of their skin is a form of bullying,” Globetrotter Anthony “Buckets” Blakes told the crowd of Daniel Island School middle schoolers on January 6. The students gathered in the gymnasium to learn what Blakes and his team refer to as the ABCs of Bullying Prevention:
A is for action, or telling an adult about the bullying in order to keep others from being targeted. B is for bravery, which, in this case, means having the guts to simply walk away. And C is for compassion, necessary to support and perhaps even befriend the victim of bullying.
The DIS students listened intently to Blakes’ message, laced with energy and humor. And of course, he couldn’t get out of that gym without a few smooth moves with the ball – and a “bucket” from the opposite free-throw line.