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Globetrotters spread anti-bullying message at Whitehall Elementary School

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Laura Van Wert | South Hills Record
Students at Whitehall Elementary School wait for Tammy T-Time Brawner and Slick Willie Shaw of the Harlem Globetrotters to speak to them about bullying on April 19. Whitehall teacher Jenny Pryor won a contest with 96.1 KISS radio station for the Globetrotters to come to the school.
Laura Van Wert | South Hills Record
Naseer Penn, a fifth-grader at Whitehall, helps Slick Willie Shaw demonstrate that the 'A' in the ABCs of bullying prevention stands for 'Action.'
Laura Van Wert | South Hills Record
Naseer Penn, a fifth-grader at Whitehall, (left) looks on as Slick Willie Shaw (right) demonstrates to Megan Leary, a third-grader, (middle) that the 'B' in the ABCs of bullying prevention stands for 'Bravery.'
Laura Van Wert | South Hills Record
McKenna Spotts, a third-grader, balances a spinning basketball on her finger tips with the help of Slick Willie Shaw, as other students look on.
Laura Van Wert | South Hills Record
Slick Willie Shaw of the Harlem Globetrotters shows off some tricks for the students at Whitehall Elementary School, after speaking to them about bullying prevention.

Students at Whitehall Elementary School have an ongoing lesson on how to be cool when faced with a bully.

Last Friday, they got a course in cool from two Harlem Globetrotter basketball players.

“Be a friend. Be a teammate,” said “Slick Willie” Shaw, one of the Globetrotters. “That's exactly what we need is to take care of each other in the community.”

Shaw and teammate Tammy “T-Time” Brawner spoke to students at Whitehall Elementary School on April 19 about bullying prevention. Jenny Pryor, a fifth-grade teacher at Whitehall, won an in-school appearance for the students with the Globetrotters through the 96.1 KISS radio station.

The Harlem Globetrotters were in town for a game on April 21 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

“Anti-bullying, I think, is an important thing today. It's an important message,” Pryor said.

Shaw and Brawner pulled students from the crowd to help demonstrate the ABCs of bullying prevention — action, bravery and compassion. Those who helped out included McKenna Spotts, Adam Goldsboro, Naseer Penn, Mark Cheptic, Coral Armbruster, Megan Leary and Michael Dzanaj, fifth-grade teacher.

Shaw and Brawner also performed tricks for which the Globetrotters are famous.

Whitehall students learn about anti-bullying and bullying prevention through the Be Cool program, said Anissa Rosenwald, assistant principal at Whitehall. The students were especially excited to hear the same messages from Globetrotters.

“This fits right in line with what we're teaching,” Rosenwald said.

Amanda Abbott, a representative with 96.1 KISS, said the station runs an online contest every time the team comes to Pittsburgh. She said she thinks having the basketball players speak to students drives home the message that bullying isn't cool.

“They do really present it in a way that the kids can relate to it,” Abbott said. “We do this every time the Globetrotters come.”

Laura Van Wert is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5814 or at

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