Who Inspires Anthony Ianni?

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in News, NEWS

Purpose2Play asked MDCR’s own Anthony Ianni to write about who inspires him. He writes: “Growing up, my inspirations and heroes were always changing because I loved that people are not one-dimensional and are capable of achieving success in different areas of life. For example, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is another person who I idolize. He’s a guy who went from being the greatest WWE wrestler to becoming the world’s highest paid actor, and along the way, really showed me how hard work pays off. As a motivational speaker, I try to stay on that level from a working perspective, inspiring as many people as I can. But, there’s only one true inspiration in my life aside my two-year-old son, Knox. This person is someone I have looked up to since day one. This person, who with the help of my mom, pushed me to the limit every day and encouraged me to be great at everything I did. Whether it was basketball, school or just being a great all-around person, this man taught me to give my all in everything that I did. And, that person is my father, Greg Ianni.” Read his full story on who inspires him...

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Ianni tells Sterling Heights Students Get Out There and Make a Change

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017 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. “Bullying is something we must put an end to, not only in Michigan but across the country,” Ianni said. “Everyone is affected by bullying in some way, and students with autism are at incredibly high risk to be victimized. Our hope is that through my story and spreading our message we can not only inspire kids to take a stand against bullying but also make bullies rethink their actions.” Read the full story...

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Ianni urges Central City Bison students to respect everyone and change the world

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in News

Anthony Ianni told students from Central City, Nebraska that they are the ones who can bring change to their school, community, state, nation and even the world. Ianni told students that he has Pervasive Developmental Disorder, which places him on the autism spectrum and that he was bullied not only because of his autism, but also because he was so much bigger than everyone else. He presented each of the students  with bags, which included T-shirts and other gear. “Every time you’ve got this gear, whether it’s the bag, a shirt, the folder, whatever’s in there, I want you to think about the change you’re going to be in life.” Ianni said that students are not just the change that may be needed in their school or community, “but the change that is needed in our society.” Read the full article...

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Ianni inspires Dearborn students to “be the change”

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in News, NEWS

“The change starts with each and every single one of you here,” said Anthony Ianni, member of Michigan State University’s 2010 and 2012 Big Ten Champion and Tournament Championship teams, as he spoke to dozens of middle school students Jan. 12 at West Village Academy in Dearborn. And as the students sat patiently on the basketball court inside the school’s gymnasium listening to Ianni speak on a rainy Thursday morning, the battle being played out on the court didn’t involve any lay-ups, jumps shots, or triple-doubles, but rather, it was a fight against bullying. Ianni, 28, travels around the country and speaks at various events as an anti-bullying advocate for his “Relentless Tour,” a grassroots initiative designed to help eradicate bullying. Read the full article...

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Former MSU basketball player speaks to students

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in News

Students at Atlanta Community Schools listened to former Michigan State University basketball player Anthony Ianni speak about bullying and other topics that are close to his heart. Ianni is traveling all across the state as part of the Relentless Tour sponsored by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley kicked off the tour in Lansing with the aims to reach 659 schools statewide. Read the story online from The Alpena...

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Ianni shares anti-bullying message

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in News

Motivational speaker Anthony Ianni shared his vision for a bully free America with students at Litchfield School Tuesday morning, Nov. 27. In his first visit to the community Ianni said it is the students that have to change the culture not the teachers, administration, parents or members of the community. “You guys are the ones that have to put an end to bullying,” he said. Read the full story online from the Hillsdale Daily...

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