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Harlem Globetrotters teach local students ABCs of teamwork, bullying prevention

A Harlem Globetrotter made an appearance on Wednesday at Saint Mary's Catholic School to teach students teamwork and tools against bullying. 

Students filled the gym and cheered as they got to meet a Harlem Globetrotter. The Globetrotters are visiting schools as part of a program in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence.

They had an important message for the students about the word TEAM.

Talk, Empathy Asking questions, and Mobilize.

Justin Batista, who is an 8th grader, said he learned a lot like at the event.

"Like there's no I in team and everyone has to work together to fulfill teamwork and that's what she came here to teach us," Justin said.

Justin said he learned the word Empathy.

Briana Green, who is known as "Hoops," used teamwork building exercises to get the students attention and show them how to work together.

"I don't even know how many schools I've been to but usually they love it, they enjoy it," Green said. "I want to leave with make a positive impression on them. It's really important in today's society to go and talk to kids about anti-bullying and just encourage them to be great people, great role models and look out for each other."

Justin said the message meant a lot.

"It's really cool because they like always been my role models and I always see them on TV and it was just great to have them here," Justin said.

Green entertained and told the students they are not alone, there's always someone there looking out for you, a peer, a friend.

"The teachers, the principals, counselors, police officers, your parents those guys are there for you and more than willing to listen," she said.

Marc Sterner, the vice principal added that the event was a great opportunity for the students.

"I grew up with the Globetrotters and these kids enjoy the Globetrotters so it's something that spans generations and speaks to all ages."

Green: "I just want them take out of it that being kind can go along way."

"I see that she bring joy to the crowd and everyone there and it just made everyone happy," Justin said.


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