Anti-Bullying Campaign Comes To Flint
The Autism Alliance of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights announced the Relentless Tour, a first of its kind anti-bulling campaign is coming to Flint.
Anthony Ianni, a former basketball player, and an alumni of Michigan State University is now a motivational speaker and he will be a featured speaker on Thursday. Ianni is a member of 2010 and 2012 Big Ten Champion and Tournament Championship teams and the 2010 final Four Team. Ianni was a victim of bullying as a child, and he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of four. Ianni didn't let that stop him as he went on to Michigan State University and played basketball where he was known to be the first to play college basketball with Autism under legendary MSU coach Tom Izzo.
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights will join Ianni and the Relentless Tour at the schools where he will be speaking on bullying and why it must come to an end, not just in Michigan but all over the country. Autism students are highly at risk to be victimized. In addition to Lt. Governor Brian Calley and MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo, the Relentless Tour has gotten the support of Detroit Red Wing Niklas Kronwall, former Detroit Lion Nate Burleson and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. They are working on spreading the anti-bullying message.
Ianni is scheduled to speak on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Armstrong Middle School located at 6161 Hopkins Road in Flint at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Ianni's purpose is to share his story and spread his message and have kids take a stand against bulling but also make bullies rethink their actions.