Harlem Globetrotters stars Buckets Blakes and Cheese Chisholm were in Washington, D.C., on July 19 in support of the National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV) and the Do the Write Thing Challenge.
The Ambassadors of Goodwill™ joined master of ceremonies Margaret Brennan from Bloomberg News, Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, and Kuwaiti Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah, along with several other dignitaries and 60 national student ambassadors from across the United States, for the NCSV recognition dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington. The Globetrotters provided their perspective on prevailing over violence, the theme to this year’s recognition dinner.
“The Harlem Globetrotters are honored to contribute to such a worthwhile organization and program,” says Buckets, a ninth-year Globetrotter. “As we travel around the world, we are acutely aware of how violence affects today’s young people, and we want to do our part in overcoming this problem.”
Now celebrating its fifteenth year, the National Campaign to Stop Violence is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce violence and its impact on the lives of youth. The core aim of NCSV is to help individual students make a commitment to take responsibility for ending violence in their lives, homes, schools, and communities. Through the Do the Write Thing Challenge, 7th and 8th grade students discuss and provide writings in which these questions are answered: How has violence affected my life? What are the causes of youth violence? What can I do to prevent youth violence?
Since its inception over, 1.2 million students have joined in classroom discussions with 425,000 writing essays.