Former NBA star Theo Ratliff supports anti-bullying campaign

theo-ratliff-lakersOver the last year, bullying stories like Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin and the 12 and 14 year old girls from Florida that bullied 12 year old Rebecca Sedwick have become common fixtures in the media.

Before bullying can be severely curbed, it seems that parents, teachers and students must learn how to recognize it. That’s the purpose of the 20 city Are You an Ally..#Be Inclusive anti-bullying symposium currently being presented in high schools across the country. The tour started in October and will conclude December 18th in Chicago.

The symposium has also benefitted from celebrity guest appearances.

Providing more celebrity power for the symposium was former NBA All-Star Theo Ratliff when spoke as a special guest at Riverwood High School in Atlanta on November 22nd.

Ratliff talked about how athletes contribute to the world of bullying. As he spoke about athletes roles in becoming allies, the students were riveted to their seats.

500 students were present to hear Ratliff talk about being bullied as a kid for being taller than everyone else. Ratliff recently wrote a book called, Theo My Hero. The book stresses the importance of middle school kids becoming allies in the fight against bullying.

Ratliff played 20 seasons in the NBA, appearing in 810 NBA games (533 started), averaging 7.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2.4 bpg in 25.3 mpg.

Ratliff spent his NBA career playing for Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia Sixers, Atlanta Hawks, Portland TrailBlazers, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Bobcats and LA Lakers. Ratliff was named to the NBA All-Star team in 2001.


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