Globetrotter Coaches ‘ABCs’ Of Bullying Prevention

"Zeus" McClurkin Visits John Harris Elementary To Talk About Bullying

“Zeus” McClurkin of the Harlem Globetrotters visited students at John Harris Elementary School Thursday to talk about the ‘ABCs of Bullying Prevention.”

The Harlem Globetrotters and the National Campaign to Stop Violence have teamed up against bullying.

The globetrotter wasn’t there for just a simple pep-talk.

“The National Campaign to Stop Violence issued essays to school-aged kids and they asked them “What’s the number one problem that kids face today?” The kids spoke out and they said bullying is huge,” said McClurkin.

He said he believes his personal story can assist kids to relate with a professional.

“They see this huge, larger-than-life figure. I’m six foot eight, two hundred and twenty five pounds and I’m able to connect with them because I was once their age and their size. Not only that, but I was able to overcome bullying,” said McClurkin.

Linda McDaniel, the Administrative Intern at John Harris Elementary, said the staff was glad to see the kids put their game plan into action.

“Kids were able to make that connection between what we’re teaching in the classroom into other arenas such as a basketball court,” said McDaniel.

For students like Regan Wulf, she said they want to take the X’s and O’s Zeus taught them and improve their fundamentals.

“If I see someone get bullied, I can step up and be their friend and I can step up to a bully now,” said Wulf.

The “ABCs of Bullying Prevention” is part of the Harlem Globetrotter’s “Great Assist” initiative.

It’s for the 90th year anniversary of the Harlem Globetrotters.