Former Spartan Basketball star brings anti-bullying message to Owosso students

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Anthony lanni is the first known person with autism to play college basketball. The former Spartan made a stop in Owosso to talk about what it’s like to be bullied. This is part of his relentless tour where he’s trying to visit as many Michiagn schools as possible. He went to three elementary schools in Owosso, to share his own stories in hopes of stopping kids from bullying. To read the full story click...

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He shoots, he scores: Former MSU basketball player Anthony Ianni’s anti-bully message hits home with students

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Former Michigan State University basketball player Anthony Ianni scored points with students Oct. 11 in the Academy for Business and Technology gym. His words were a slam dunk. Motivational speaker Ianni, a member of MSU’s 2010 and 2011 Big Ten Champion and Tournament Championship teams and the 2010 Final Four team under legendary MSU coach Tom Izzo, visited students at the Dearborn school as part of the Anti-Bullying Relentless Tour sponsored by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. To read the full story click...

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Former Big Ten basketball player delivers anti-bullying message in Weston

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A former basketball player for a Big Ten rival of the Badgers visited the Weston area this morning to deliver an anti-bullying message to students. Anthony Ianni played college hoops for coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans. He was part of the Spartans’ 2010 Final Four team. While he learned plenty from no-nonsense coach Izzo and his college athletic experience, it was his experiences as a child that fuels his anti-bullying message. To read the full story click...

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‘Change will always start with you’

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 Former Michigan State University basketball star Anthony Ianni had a person who bullied him in fifth grade ask him for an autograph. The man wanted his basketball signed. “He was super excited to see me; I didn’t want to see him at all,” said Ianni, a 2010 and 2012 Big Ten champion and member of Michigan State’s Final Four team, who signed the ball and chatted with the man. Later as he drove away from the arena, Ianni said he had to laugh because his one-time bully had asked for the autograph on behalf of his sibling, but he knew his former bully didn’t have any brothers or sisters and simply was too chicken to ask for the signature himself. On Friday, Ianni brought his anti-bullying “Relentless Tour” to Edison high and middle schools. He started the initiative five years ago. To read the full story click...

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Former MSU basketball star Anthony Ianni to talk autism, anti-bullying in Brighton

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It may seem difficult to believe anyone would pick on a 6-foot 9-inch basketball star. But Anthony Ianni, a former Michigan State basketball player, who has autism spectrum disorder, was a target of bullies throughout his childhood. Now, he is on the Relentless Tour, an anti-bullying initiative sponsored by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and his next stop is Thursday in Brighton. He will speak at 6:30 p.m. at Flex Tech High School, 7707 Conference Center Drive, about his experiences, seeking to raise awareness of autism, the problem of bullying, and the importance of pursuing dreams in spite of adversity. Read the full story...

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