Register Members List Member Map Calendar Garage Forum Home Mark Forums Read

Go Back > News & Media > Houston - Local News > Sports
Forgot info?

Welcome to! You are currently viewing our forums as a guest which gives you limited access to the community. By joining our free community you will have access to great discounts from our sponsors, the ability to post topics, communicate privately with other members, respond to polls, upload content, free email, classifieds, and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free, join our community!

Register Today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.


Share This Thread: 
Subscribe to this Thread Thread Tools
Old 05-24-2018, 04:01 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2008
Feedback Rating: (0)
Posts: 167,715

Harlem Globetrotters talk to children about bullying prevention

Two star athletes are making their way around Greater Houston elementary schools sharing with thousands of students about bullying prevention. Teachers and school officials said that is a lesson needed now more than ever.

Harlem Globetrotters Julian "Zeus" McClurkin and El Gato Melendez are dividing their time among 13 local elementary schools before their game in July, to help share a message with 10,000 students about bullying.

"Every time we have a game, we'll send one of our girls or our guys out, and we'll present our ABCs of Bullying Prevention campaign program," said McClurkin. "We try to catch them early - elementary school is the best. An initiative that we got tasked with five or six years ago was with the National Campaign to Stop Violence, and they issued essays to school-aged kids and that asked them what was the No. 1 problem that students today faced in schools and a lot of the kids talked about bullying. It's a huge epidemic and we saw that need there so we saw an opportunity to create a program."

The athlete shared the ABCs for Bullying Prevention, promoting "action," "bravery" and "compassion."

"I get an opportunity to share with them my bullying experience, and they're like 'Well, if he was bullied and made it through it, then I can make it through it too.'" McClurkin said.

He created activities, made jokes and built an energy in the room, captivating students to listen, inspiring them to be kind to their classmates, reach out to those who are having a difficult time and to report students who are doing the bullying.

"I learned to not be scared of bullies," said fifth-grader Elijah Sampson.

"If I see somebody sad, I'm going to ask them to play with us - with my friends - and we're just going to be kind to them," said fifth-grader Morgan Vanarstal.

Of course it wouldn't be a visit from the Harlem Globetrotters without some Globies tricks. McClurkin taught students ball handling tricks - spinning, bouncing, and dribbling the ball.

"Tricks always get their attention, but then he really zoomed in on the message, and I think that's truly important," said second-grade teacher Karen Russi.

For fifth-grader Luke Robbins, the athlete's message was loud and clear.

"My favorite part was about how he teaches people not to be rude and not to bully other kids because they will be brought down and be hurt," Luke said.

McClurkin even spoke about cyberbullying, telling student to ignore and not engage with hurtful online posts.

"I think we all know, in light of everything that's happened, how important it is to start at such a young age teaching children about kindness; this is the message we want all kids to know," said Robison Elementary School Principal Kelly Gerletti.

The Harlem Globetrotters will be playing a game at the Berry Center in Cypress on July 15.

For more info on the Globetrotters, click here.

NewsBot is offline   Reply With Quote
Similar Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Special Olympian Brendan 'Beebo' West recognized by Harlem Globetrotters NewsBot Sports 0 01-24-2018 03:21 PM
Simone Biles teams up with Harlem Globetrotters NewsBot Sports 0 07-05-2017 02:20 PM
Harlem Globetrotters headed to Houston NewsBot Sports 0 06-20-2017 08:20 AM
Healthwise: How to talk to your children about Paris attacks NewsBot Health 0 11-16-2015 04:50 PM
Harlem Globetrotters surprise sick boy NewsBot Houston - Local News 0 01-22-2014 10:00 PM

Thread Tools


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:22 AM. is not responsible for the content posted by users.
Privacy Policy