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MICHIGAN: Former MSU basketball player visits Paragon Charter Academy on ‘Relentless Tour’ to end bullying

IanniJACKSON, MI – Former Michigan State University basketball player Anthony Ianni recently made Paragon Charter Academy one of his stops in his statewide quest to eradicate bullying.

Ianni’s “Relentless Tour,” which also has visited Jonesville Community Schools and Albion Public Schools, hopes to spread his anti-bullying message to 659 schools throughout Michigan in one year.

Ianni, a 2012 MSU graduate and one-time victim of bullying, was diagnosed at age 4 with pervasive developmental disorder, which is on the autism spectrum. Ianni said he and his family were told he would have trouble finishing school and would never become an athlete.

Ianni, who’s now with the Autism Alliance of Michigan, played on MSU Big 10 championship and Final Four teams and graduated from the university with a degree in sociology.

His messages to Paragon’s middle school students focused on hope, inspiration, and dedication.

“Bullying is something we must put an end to, not only in Michigan but across the country,” Ianni said in a press release. “Everyone is affected by bullying in some way and students with autism are at incredibly high risk to be victimized. Our hope is that through my story and spreading our message we can not only inspire kids to take a stand against bullying but also make bullies rethink their actions.”

Source: Michigan Live – by Leanne Smith

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