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The ABCs of Bullying Prevention … the Harlem Globetrotters way
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

April 11. 2014 9:15AM
Cheese Chisholm was up to his usual tricks Friday afternoon, and he brought his basketball tricks and a powerful message on “The ABC’s of Bullying Prevention” to the kids at Robert Bennis Elementary.

“Bullying should never happen – it’s not cool,” the 27-year-old Chisholm said.

Scheduled for a game tonight (April 9) at the Sioux Falls Arena, Chisholm and his Harlem Globetrotter teammates are in the area this week talking to kids on the ABC’s of Bullying Prevention: Action, Bravery and Compassion.

And by the response of the RBE youngsters, it seems they fully understood; it’s already a rule at the school.

“This is a bully-free school,” said fifth-grader Ayden Murray following Chisholm’s program.

Classmate Devan Jellis, said bullying is a “very, very rare” occurrence on school grounds, but agrees with Murray that if they do see it happening, they intend to help stop it.

“You need to stand up for others if they’re getting bullied,” Murray said.

Chisholm, who grew up in the Bronx, NY., told the kids by taking action they can achieve their goals and their dreams.

“You can become anything in life if you work hard,” he said. “Dedication means you have to work hard more than anyone else.”

He challenged the kids to give 100 percent in all they do. “You may fail at 100 percent, then you to give 110 percent. If you fail at 110 percent, then you have to give 120 percent,” he said. “Never quit. Never give up.”

Chisholm told the kids how he gave a 100 percent effort to basketball. Every morning before classes at Ball University, Chisholm headed to the gym to shoot 1,000 jump shots.

Responsibility was also part of Chisholm’s message on Friday. “You have to be responsible for your actions,” he said. “You can’t blame others for stuff that you did or didn’t do.”

He equated that to failing a test (for not studying) or passing (because they studied) the test with flying colors.

“Negative things will stop your dreams,” he said. “So dream big. Be big.”

Principal Karen Heyden said the Globetrotters’ program was made possibly by RBE parent, Nicole Tietjen. Tietjen works for the Sioux Falls Parks and Rec Department, and put in a request for Chisholm to share the Globetrotters’ bullying prevention program at her son’s school.
“We’re so lucky that we have a parent that has this connection,” Heyden said, “We push that (The ABC’s of Bullying Prevention) all the time, so it’s great for the kids to hear it from a professional some times.

This is the second time in weeks that a special guest has stopped by the school to share a positive message with the kids. Last month, former Minnesota Viking Ben Leber talked to the kids about the importance of eating a good breakfast and being active at least 60 minutes a day.

Students at Robert Bennis Elementary had a celebrity visit from Cheese Chisholm of the Harlem Globetrotters on Friday. Chisholm shared "The ABC's of Bullying Prevention" message with RBE students during the 45-minute program. Photo by Jill Meier

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