Former college basketball player for Michigan State University Anthony Ianni has been scheduled to speak to students at the Lansing Charter Academy at 9 in the morning and at Pinecrest Elementary in East Lansing later that afternoon at 1:30 p.m. as a part of his campaign to end bullying. The Relentless Tour, as it is called, will be stopping in these areas so that Ianni can share with the students how awful some of the effects of bullying are and what they can each do to help bring it to an end. The kids were thrilled with getting to hear from Ianni themselves and really took to heart what the former athlete discussed.
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 spoke in Lansing and East Lansing recently to talk to young children about helping to be a part of the solution for ending bullying. He shared stories of his own experiences and let them know about his perspective, and it was a very fun and informative day.
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