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 advocates in the state and across the country, has pledged to visit as many schools as possible in Michigan over the next 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.
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: has been incredible with friends such as the Michigan Department of Civil Rights assisting with scheduling and working with school districts, General RV kindly providing the RV for the length of the journey, Emergent BioSolutions and The David Brandon Foundation donating to this very important initiative that impacts so many in our state.
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.
Together we can put an end to bullying once and for all.