Ianni speaks at Allegan ‘Stop the Bullying Now’ rally

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in News, NEWS

Anthony Ianni, the first known athlete with autism to play Big 10 basketball, was the featured speaker for an anti-bullying rally on Friday, July 22 at Allegan’s Riverfront Plaza. The event was hosted by Bryce Frost, an Allegan teen who founded the “Stop the Bullying Now” campaign after he was bullied for being on the autism spectrum. You can read more on this story from the Allegan News...

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MDCR’s Ianni to speak at free autism awareness event

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in News

Anthony Ianni, former Michigan State University basketball player, will speak about overcoming barriers with being autistic at Baker College in Auburn Hills. The event is hosted by Baker College of Auburn Hills Disability Services, to raise awareness and support of autism in conjunction with National Autism Awareness Month, which is April. The event is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the Baker College of Auburn Hills Student Center. For more information click...

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Ianni brings anti-bullying message to Sterling Heights High School

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in News

“Get out there and make a change.” That was the message former Michigan State University basketball player Anthony Ianni delivered April 1 to students at Sterling Heights High School as part of his “Relentless Tour,” which seeks to raise awareness of autism and the problem of bullying in schools across the nation. Ianni said he was able to overcome the challenges and obstacles in his life by focusing on three “keys to success” – motivation, hard work and support. To read the full story click...

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Ianni discusses autism, bullying with Knapp Charter students

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in News

Knapp Charter Academy students peppered former Michigan State University basketball player Anthony Ianni with questions during a Monday morning assembly on March 21, 2016, but it was a question that fifth grader Zachary Colthorp asked that had the biggest impact on Ianni. “Are you proud to have autism?” Colthorp asked. Great question is what Ianni said after wrapping up his approximately 90 minute presentation at the school in Grand Rapids. “Everyone has labels in life, and I have five of them,” Ianni said. “I’m a father, I’m a husband, I’m a Michigan State Spartan, I’m a former college basketball player and I have autism, and I’m not afraid to say all those things. I’m proud to say all those things. You should, too, man. You should be proud every day.” Read more of the MLive article on...

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Ianni talks bullying with Gladstone Junior High

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in NEWS

The Relentless Tour, a state–wide anti–bullying initiative, made its way to schools in Delta County November 10. Anthony Ianni, a member of multiple championship basketball teams at Michigan State University and a National Motivational Speaker for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, offered words of inspiration based on growing up with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He also sent a strong message to kids about bullying. “Just be careful what you say and do to others, because you never know who that person’s going to be in life,” said Ianni. “They could be the next LeBron James, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, whoever.” “When Anthony speaks about the bullying, we see how the kids really look at him, and we hope that they can take this with them into their communities and their home, and we can combat bullying,” said Kelly Constantino, Sault Tribe Youth Education Services and Activities Coordinator. This was the second time some of the students at Gladstone Junior High School got to hear Ianni’s words of wisdom. “I just want the kids to remember that they’re part of a family here,” Ianni added. “They’re part of the Gladstone Braves family for life. I could tell that great things are going on here at Gladstone Junior High, and I hope that these kids carry on that change forever and ever, and hopefully when they’re older in their lives, they can try and make the same impact that they’re making today in their town.” The Relentless Tour kicked off in the state capitol in mid–October, and has since featured the likes of people like Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and MSU Basketball Coach Tom Izzo spreading the anti–bullying message. Read the article...

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