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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Ianni featured in Sports Illustrated magazine

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in News

A few months ago, Sports Illustrated Executive Editor Jon Wertheim contacted the Michigan Department of Civil Rights wanting to interview Anthony Ianni for a feature story on autism and sports. SI has now published the story and it is available online. Read the story here:  Sports and Autism:  People with autism are embracing sports. Anthony’s interview is highlighted at the beginning and end of the...

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Ianni to Speak at Michigan Autism Conference

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in News, NEWS

Anthony Ianni, of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and one of the most sought after anti-bullying motivational speakers in the region, is presenting at the fourth annual Michigan Autism Conference in Kalamazoo. The conference, set for Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 14-16, will provide families, practitioners and researchers with the latest information on a variety of topics related to the assessment and treatment of autism. Experts will come from across the globe to talk about the most effective scientifically proven treatments for children with autism. For more information check out the website...

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