Ambassadors of Goodwill will visit more than 300 elementary schools this season,
delivering message that discourages bullying and cultivates empathy
(ATLANTA, November 11, 2018) – The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are unveiling a new school curriculum for this season that will bring them into more than 300 elementary school classrooms around the country to deliver a message that discourages bullying while encouraging empathy.
Developed in cooperation with the Washington, D.C. based, National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV), the “T.E.A.M Up at School” program is an extension of the Globetrotters’ work with the NCSV’s “Do The Write Thing” challenge, with which they’ve been involved since 2012 and have reached tens of thousands of students with.
Melanie Louis, a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), conceived and wrote the model for the ‘T.E.A.M. Up at School” program to provide solutions for students whose esteem is challenged from painful peer encounters. As part of the new program, the Globetrotters will deliver a message that encourages students to Talk, Empathize, Ask and Mobilize in order to feel safe, and to help others feel safe.
“We’ve been working with the National Campaign to Stop Violence for several years now, and I’m always stunned when we visit schools at how many young kids feel bullied in what should be a safe and nurturing atmosphere,” said Globetrotters’ showman Ant Atkinson. “Our goal is to help deliver a simple but effective message that kids can understand and put to use in order to feel safe and protected.”
Known as the Ambassadors of Goodwill, the Globetrotters will begin their in-school visits this month in conjunction with the start of their 93rd year of touring, when the “Fan Powered World Tour” tipped-off on November 1. As part of the tour, the team will play in more than 250 North American markets, as well as 30 countries worldwide. Tickets are now available at harlemglobetrotters.com.