Knighthawks speak out against bullying

December 09, 2016 10:04 PM

Although Lacrosse players often have to be rough, tough and bullying on the field to win, off the field it's a different story.

That is why the Rochester Knighthawks visited St. Lawrence Elementary School on Friday as part of their "We Got Your Back" anti-bullying program.

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Knighthawks defender and RIT alum Brad Gillies served as the spokesman for today's presentation. 

"So this is our anti-bullying presentation that we do throughout different schools in Rochester," he told us, "It kind of outlines some signs of bullying, types of bullying, and then the biggest thing, which is how to address a bullying situation." 

According to the US Department of Education, almost a quarter of American school-aged children reported being bullied or harassed within a school year. Although schools around the nation are working to prevent bullying, the staff at St. Lawrence say that having community role models like the Knighthawks come in and speak to students really helps drive the message home.

"It's very meaningful for the children to hear from someone such as Brad from the Knighthawks, who they look up to, who speaks about what do when they're in situations such as a bullying situation and ideas of how to handle situations," says school counselor Ginny Reidman-Dangler, "It's very meaningful for them. Brad gave them some really good ideas, and I think their questions, it told me they were listening very well and taking to heart Brad's message."

For Gillies, it is all about making a difference:

"If I can make even a little bit of difference in these schools, then all the power," he says, "I'll go to as many schools as possible, because it is a really great message that we can deliver." 


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