Harlem Globetrotter brings anti-bullying message to Lucas Co.
Sat, 10 May 2014 01:44:07 GMT —
A famous athlete made a special stop to the Toledo area, on Friday, after being moved by the story of an 11-year-old Sylvania boy.
"Kids are pushing and shoving, calling each other names, making fun...," 6th grader Isaiah Meyer-Crothers said of the bullying he's endured.
Isaiah's mother, Joni, says the bullying intensified recently and compelled her to address the issue on social media.
"Isaiah, about three months ago, had a really bad day at school and I tweeted about it. [â??Special K'] direct messaged me and said 'Hey, what's going on with your son?'"
Kevin Daley, known to many as 'Special K' for his time with the Harlem Globetrotters, recently retired from the world famous basketball team and started a foundation dedicated to spreading an anti-bullying message.
"Kids are hurting themselves every day, literally everyday kids are harming themselves. They are not going to school because they are being bullied. So, since I have the ear of the kids, why not say something about it," Daley said.
After learning Isaiah's story, Daley volunteered to travel to Sylvania to meet the 11-year-old on his own dime.
Rather than just keeping the superstar to themselves, however, the Meyer-Crothers family arranged for Daley to speak to students at McCord Junior High and Glenwood Elementary.
A $100,000 prize would help Daley bring his message to many others and the public can help him win the cash by voting online.
Daley's foundation is one of a few dozen famous athletes in the running for the award as part of a tech company's mission to transform philanthropy.
Until May 15, the public can vote up to three times a day to make Daley's the All Stars of Giving Humanitarian of the Year.
The winner of the title, in addition to the $100,000, will receive a generous bundle of services and resources procured by All Sports United from various campaign sponsors.