Ianni to Speak at West, Interlochen
TRAVERSE CITY — Motivational speaker Anthony Ianni, a member of Michigan State University’s 2010 and 2012 Big Ten Champion and Tournament Championship teams and the 2010 Final Four team, will speak at 10:30 a.m. at Interlochen Elementary School and at 1 p.m. at Traverse City West High School.
The event is part of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights’ Relentless Tour, an anti-bullying initiative.
Ianni was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 4 and was the victim of bullying as a child. He graduated from Michigan State University and became the first known individual with autism to play Division I college basketball. Under MSU coach Tom Izzo, Ianni played with the 2010 and 2012 Big Ten Champion and Tournament Championship teams and the 2010 Final Four team. He has won a number of awards including MSU’s Tim Bograkos Walk-On Award, the 2012 MSU Unsung Player Award and was named a 2013 Detroit Pistons Community Game Changer Finalist.
Through the Relentless Tour, Ianni, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and the Autism Alliance of Michigan seek to raise awareness of autism and the problem of bullying.
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