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Anti-Bullying Message Brought to Covington School by Harlem Globetrotter

"Slick" Willie Shaw arrived in Covington on Monday afternoon, dribbling a basketball across the Roebling Suspension Bridge. The Harlem Globetrotter then headed to John G. Carlisle Elementary School where a gym full of young students awaited him.

The John G. "Cubs" cheerleaders led the students in chants of the basketball star's name before Shaw began his presentation, a mix of impressive basketball skills and a message against bullying.

"I love being a Harlem Globetrotter because of the character, the education, and helping others," said Shaw, 31. "We realize there's a problem with our youth and that's why I'm here today. It's called bullying."

Shaw, a star at St. John's University where he set the school record for three-point shots made, then rattled off the Globetrotters' ABCs of bullying prevention.

A is for action. Shaw encouraged the students to tell a teacher or an adult if they are witnesses to bullying. "It's not tattle-telling or snitching. Bullying won't stop if bullies don't get in trouble," he said.

B is for bravery. "We encourage you to stand up for yourself and for others," Shaw said. He added that students shouldn't encourage fights and should avoid gossiping.

C is for compassion. "Be friends, be teammates," he said.

Shaw then brought five students and an administrator to the court to showcase some dribbling and passing skills to the delight of the crowd.

The Harlem Globetrotters perform at the Bank of Kentucky Center at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights on Friday night.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photos from Shaw's visit to John G. Carlisle:


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