The Relentless Tour
The 2013-2014 Relentless Tour: Ianni Project is a first of its kind grass roots initiative designed to help eradicate bullying across the state of Michigan.
Bullying is something that affects everyone in one form or another. Additionally, individuals with autism are one of the highest targeted groups to be the victims of a bully with numbers ranging from 65-90% and it has to be stopped.
The Autism Alliance of Michigan’s own Anthony Ianni, one of the most sought after anti-bullying experts in the state and across the country, has pledged to visit and spread his message to 659 middle schools in Michigan in 1 year.
The tour will begin October 17, at the Capitol in Lansing with Lt. Governor Brian Calley and MSU basketball Coach Tom Izzo at his side and will continue throughout the school year until every district has been reached. Additionally, Red Wing Niklas Kronwall are on board to help share Anthony and the Autism Alliance of Michigan’s message.
At each school Anthony will leave behind a plaque to remind students of their commitment to ending bullying.
Anthony’s story is one that reaches everyone. Diagnosed with autism at a young age Anthony’s parents were told he would never graduate, never play sports and likely have to live in a group home for his entire adult life. Anthony was bullied extensively as a child because of his autism and the fact that he shot up to 6’9″ quite young.
Anthony defied all of the odds and not only graduated from MSU with a degree in Sociology but went on to be the first known individual with autism to play college basketball. During his time on the team he played in two Big Ten Championships and a FInal Four.
And now he is sharing his story and helping others live their dreams. The outpouring of letters from victims and even the bullies themselves after each time Anthony speaks is astounding. He makes an impact every time.
The outpouring of support for the RELENTLESS Tour: Ianni Project has been incredible with friends such as General RV kindly providing us with RV transportation for the length of the journey, Emergent BioSolutions and University of Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon donating to our efforts and many more.
However, we still need your help. Every dollar we raise will help us create a lasting message for students and families across Michigan. Our hope is next year to take the tour nationally but we can’t get there without you. Make your donation here today. Every donation of $88 or more will place you in our RELENTLESS Club.
Together we can put an end to bullying once and for all.