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Harlem Globetrotter Slam Dunks Bullying

April 4, 2014, 9:55 PM by Perry Groten

Harlem Globetrotter Slam Dunks Bullying
BRANDON, SD -

A member of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters is launching a full-court press against bullying. This Globetrotter dazzled grade schoolers in Brandon with his basketball skills and important message.

When speaking out against bullying, just say cheese.

"Bullying, it should never happen and it's not cool, alright," Harlem Globetrotter guard Cheese Chisholm said.

As in Cheese Chisholm, shooting guard for the Harlem Globetrotters. His visit to Robert Bennis Elementary blended basketball with the ABC's of bullying prevention.

"The A stands for Action, the B stands for Bravery, the C stands for Compassion," Chisholm said.

A world-class athlete can put a unique spin on the problem of bullying.

"People just telling you you can't do something. Hey, you won't go to the NBA. Hey, you can't be a Globetrotter. Hey, you can't do that. That could crush a kid's dreams just because you said that," Chisholm said.

Chisholm starts with the topic of bullying then works his way to basketball.

"That makes them just jump out of their seats. That's like the cherry on top of everything. That's why I do it last. If I do my tricks first, they're not going to need me no more," Chisholm said.

Chisholm invites kids and teachers to join in. After all, stopping bullying is a team effort.

"I think it's bad for people to bully because some people get really hurt from it, it can change their life so if you help bullies, it can make everyone happier and better," 5th grader Isabella Stensrud said.

And the game of basketball can catch everyone's attention about bullying.

"All I can do is speak to the kids. They might not listen to me once I leave, but as long as I change one life, I'm good with that," Chisholm said.

You can see Chisholm and the rest of the Globetrotters perform their basketball magic in Sioux Fall. They'll appear Wednesday night at the arena.

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