|HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS TO BRING ANTI-BULLYING MESSAGE TO STUDENTS AT ROSLYN AND CORONATION SCHOOLS|
MONTREAL, MARCH 17, 2015 – Zeus McClurkin, a player from the world famous Harlem Globetrotters, will visit with students at two English Montreal School Board elementary schools on Monday, March 30 to present “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention,” which targets six to 12 year-olds.
The programs will take place at Roslyn Elementary School (4699 Westmount) in Westmount at 9:15 a.m. and Coronation Elementary School (4810 Van Horne) at Noon.
The Globetrotters, who will play at the Bell Centre on Friday, April 10, designed the program in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV). It focuses on Action, Bravery, and Compassion, comprising the ABCs. McClurkin will ask the kids their definition of each word in the ABCs and expand on the answers. For example: “COMPASSION means caring about others and your community. You can stop bullying by being a friend and staying involved in positive activities that show that you care about other people.”
For the finale, McClurkin will pick a few kids to join him up front to teach them some special Globetrotter ball handling moves to the tune of the team’s “Sweet Georgia Brown” theme music The Globetrotters, celebrating the team’s 89th consecutive year, will bring “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention” to nearly 400 schools and youth centers.
The six-foot-eight McClurkin is a testament to not giving up or letting obstacles get in the way of achieving one’s dreams. He was cut from every team he tried out for from seventh through tenth grade, but he kept pushing and finally made his high school team his junior and senior seasons. He played his first couple of years of college ball at a Division II program. He enrolled at North Carolina A&T State Universityand he made the basketball team as a walk-on, beating out 30 other hopefuls in the process. He went on to play on a handful of professional teams home and abroad and now brings his high-flying game to the world’s most famous basketball team. All of this while dealing with exercise-induced asthma, a narrowing of the airways in the lungs that is triggered by strenuous exercise. To this day, Zeus carries an inhaler with him.
Michael J. Cohen