Blakes, delayed by two airline flight cancellations, was originally scheduled to arrive in Memphis to make the presentation on Monday, and then Tuesday, before he finally trotted into the schools "cafetorium" at 1:30 pm. He was welcomed with loud cheers and screams from the kids.
A graduate of the University of Wyoming, Blakes gave the kids interactive lessons on how to deal with bullying at school. The Harlem Globetrotters designed the program in coordination with theNational Campaign to Stop Violence(NCSV). The program focuses on Action, Bravery and Compassion, the "ABC's" of bullying prevention.
Afterwards, Blakes spoke with media and reporters. He stated that the program's aim is to equate what it means to be part of a team to how kids can offer support to one another in order to help stop bullying. Each of the children in attendance received certificates signed by Blakes and District Attorney Weirich.
District Attorney Weirich thanked Hickory Ridge Elementary's Principal, Regina Nichols for agreeing to host the event on short notice. Hickory Ridge Elementary recently became one of the first elementary schools to take part inthe D.A.’s Mentoring Based Truancy Reduction Program.
The Shelby County District Attorney General's Office and the Harlem Globetrotters are partners in the "National Campaign to Stop Violence" and the "Do The Write Thing Challenge."
The annual "Do The Write Thing Challenge" gives middle school students across the country an opportunity to write essays to discuss the impact of youth violence on their lives and to offer solutions to change the culture of violence. Panelists review the essays and choose the local “Do The Write Thing Challenge” finalists. The finalists then represent Memphis and Shelby County at the national “Do The Write Thing Challenge” in Washington, DC.
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