Former Michigan State basketball player and motivational speaker Anthony Ianni spoke to middle school kids in Delta County as a part of his latest journey on The Relentless Tour, a motivational speech series designed to teach kids the truth behind bullying. Ianni got up in front of several kids and discussed with them what it was like to grow up with autism and how he managed to overcome many challenges and become a great basketball player for his university. The former Spartan also talked about how everyone needs to be careful what is said to one another so that feelings aren’t hurt in a damaging way. The Relentless Tour kicked off this past October and has included other big names in sports and celebrities to help spread the message of anti-bullying.
The Michigan native is the son of two other college athletes, as his father Greg played baseball for Michigan State and his mother Jamie played softball, volleyball and basketball for Adrian College. He was diagnosed with autism during his childhood, but that didn’t stop him from taking part in sports starting in high school. By the time he reached college he was determined to make MSU’s basketball team and even got to play 25 games during his freshman year. Ianni played all four years of his time at Michigan State and even won the Unsung Player Award in 2012.
Ianni is helping to spread the word against bullying this fall as a part of The Relentless Tour that kicked off in mid-October. Just last week he went around and spoke to many middle school kids about the matter and was able to successfully get his message across.
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