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Harlem Globettrotters Player to Visit Hall To Speak Against Bullying

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Harlem Globettrotters Player to Visit Hall To Speak Against Bullying
Posted on 03/07/2016
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A Harlem Globetrotters player will visit Hall Elementary School on Tuesday, March 8, to talk about “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention” and teach students some basketball moves.

Forward El Gato Melendez, the first and only Puerto Rican-born player to play for the Harlem Globetrotters, will be the featured speaker at the 10:30 a.m. event in the gymnasium of the school, located at 23 Orono Road.

Melendez, who played college basketball for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, will lead the “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention” presentation. The Globetrotters designed the program in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV). The program focuses on Action, Bravery, and Compassion, comprising the ABCs.

The player might ask the kids their definition of each word in the ABCs and expand on the answers. For example: “Compassion means caring about others and your community. You can stop bullying by being a friend and staying involved in positive activities that show that you care about other people.”

Students attending the event will get a certificate of completion, saying they’ve successfully completed “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention,” presented by the Harlem Globetrotters.

The player also will talk about himself. Melendez says that being with the Harlem Globetrotters gives him an opportunity to be a role model for students. “As a Latino,” he said. “I can make a difference in the lives of others and be an inspiration, showing kids that you can really make your dreams come true.”

For the finale, the player will pick a few students to join him up front to teach them some special Globetrotter ball-handling moves.