MDCR’s Ianni to speak at free autism awareness event

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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

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“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 talks bullying with Gladstone Junior High

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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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Ianni Honored with BOOM award

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Former MSU basketball player Anthony Ianni will be honored in Traverse City Nov. 5 as one of three winners of a BOOM award. The third annual convention honors Michigan citizens who have overcome disabilities to excel in their work. Ianni is now married with a child and works for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, where he is an autism advocate and motivational speaker. He became the first athlete with autism to play Div. 1 basketball as a member of the Spartans’ team. Ianni receives an award handcrafted by people with disabilities as well as a plaque commemorating his achievement. The BOOM Convention will attract more than 300 providers of services for people with disabilities. Courtesy of the Lansing State Journal....

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Ianni to Speak at West, Interlochen

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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. See the article here....

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