Basketball player all about preventing bullying

Basketball player all about preventing bullying

L’ANSE — He’s known as “Corey The Dribbler” and he is using his skills with a basketball to talk to students about an important issue—bullying.

The former Harlem Globetrotter visited L’Anse and Baraga schools to bring his message of showing respect to others and achieving your goals.

Former Harlem Globetrotter Corey “The Dribbler” Rich said, “Because those are the two things that I’ve always, always paid attention to when I was younger, so the number one thing I was taught when I was young was respect, and then I was also taught ‘Listen, if you have a dream, go for it’.”

Rich was invited by the Youth Advisory Committee of the Baraga County Community Foundation. The student leaders looked at the results of a community assessment to find out what the needs were.

Baraga County Community Foundation Executive Director Gordette Leutz said, “The youth have reported in Baraga County that bullying is a serious problem. So they have researched throughout the world, via the internet, programs that target bullying that have proven effective.

Having graduated from a small Division III school…played professional basketball and been on the Harlem Globetrotters…Rich still has goals he is working toward.

Rich said, “I want to be in every single elementary, middle and high school across the United States. That’s my goal and I want to give every student my message on respect and my message about achieving their dreams.”