SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The Harlem Globetrotters are using their basketball skills to prevent bullying in schools. “Zeus” McClurkin is dribbling his way through Garfield Elementary in Sioux Falls Tuesday.
Students at Garfield are loudly stopping bullies with the help of McClurkin.
“The program that we have is the TEAM up assembly. Each letter in TEAM stands for something. We’re trying to help the kids understand how you can team up with the Harlem Globetrotters and help eradicate bullying around the world,” McClurkin said.
The goal is to inspire kids to talk, empathize, ask and mobilize. Bailey Belt has experienced bullying and is ready to make a difference.
“When I was in kindergarten, I had a bully. He would bully me all the time,” Belt said.
She didn’t like that. Now she does her best to help others, especially ones who could use a friend.
“If people are sitting on that then that means they need a buddy to play with,” Belt said. “I go over and say ‘Hey, do you want to play with me?'”
When McClurkin was in school, his coaches hated that all he wanted to do was smile and dunk. Now he does that for a living.
He also loves spreading the word about being nice.
“Very important because bullying is a huge epidemic nowadays in schools. We partner with the National Campaign To Stop Violence who issued essays to students. They asked them what’s the number one problem that students face today in schools. Bullying was the number one problem,” McClurkin said.
Making his message even more important. Students like Beckett Kustak are catching on.
“When someone gets hurt, I go and help others,” Kustak said.
The Harlem Globetrotters will be performing at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center on April 15.