By: Lanetra Bennett
February 20, 2014
Tallahassee, FL - Some local elementary school students learned their ABCs...AGAIN.
This time with a twist... a twirl...and a dribble.
Thursday, Harlem Globetrotter, "Scooter", taught students at Trinity Catholic Church in Tallahassee some of the world renown basketball team's signature moves.
But, Scooter's main purpose of his visit was to teach another mode of defense -- Bullying prevention.
Fifth grade student, D.J. Campbell, says, "I learned that you can bully people by not even saying anything, not by touching them, just by looking and watching."
The Globetrotters designed the program in coordination with the 'National Campaign to Stop Violence' to help reduce bullying and violence among youth.
It's simple as A-B-C. "A" is for Action. Kids are advised to take action by walking over to a teacher or adult and telling on the bully.
Scooter says, "You're never a tattle-tell when you're helping somebody out."
"B" is Bravery. The Globetrotters say being brave is not saying anything or fighting back.
"C" is Compassion. Scooter says you should have compassion for others.
Scooter shared his story of learning how to smile at his bully when he was in the sixth grade. He says, "Hopefully if they see that we've been bullied, man, a Globetrotter's been bullied. maybe I know how to handle it a little bit better, too."
Scooter also told students that they should never point, laugh, or take pictures and video when they see someone getting bullied. He says that behavior only encourages the bullying.
The Harlem Globetrotters will perform at the Leon County Civic Center on March 11th.
News Release: Harlem Globetrotters
WHO: Scooter Christensen of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters.
WHAT: Scooter will be speaking to kids about “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention,” a program designed by the Globetrotters in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence to help reduce bullying and violence among youth in our schools and communities.
The interactive program focuses on Action, Bravery, and Compassion, comprising the ABCs. The Globetrotters’ signature ball handling skills will be incorporated to provide a fun and informative presentation.