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09 Sep, 2012 | News

The Harlem Globetrotters Team Up with CCBQ and Bishop Ford H.S. to Stop Bullying

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens proudly teamed up with The Harlem Globetrotters and Bishop Ford High School in Brooklyn to deliver the message of anti-bullying to the students of our Out-of-School Time afterschool programs and neighboring schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn. The Harlem Globetrotters- known worldwide as the “Ambassadors of Goodwill”-- introduced “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention,” a new community outreach program which communicates the ways to prevent and stop bullying using basketball skills and humor. In coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV), the Globetrotters designed the program, to teach youth ages 6-14, how to use the ABC tools daily, which focuses on Action, Bravery, and Compassion, to reduce bullying. Buckets Blakes, number 15 for The Harlem Globetrotters, represented the team that day and gave an exciting presentation to the students using team building exercises and audience participation. He not only motivated the students to advocate for anti-bullying but also showed them really cool basketball tricks! All 450 students received an official certificate of completionfrom the Globetrotters.
The Harlem Globetrotters will be the first basketball team ever to play at the new Barclays Center on October 7th. This was the Harlem Globetrotter’s first time in Brooklyn in over 86 years, and while here, the Globetrotters provided community service to school age children throughout the borough.
The National Campaign to Stop Violence is a non-profit organization that works with middle school students, to help them think about their actions in the non-confrontational ways, and reduce violence.
The anti-bullying assembly received coverage from many outlets including Brooklyn 12, Currents TV, and CBS 2 News. NBC 4 news covered it as well. To watch the video, please click here