INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indiana Pacers and Fever are teaming up against bullying.
They joined Playworks Indiana on Nov. 20 at Urban Act Academy for the “Real Players Don’t Bully” campaign tip-off event.
The campaign aims to reduce bullying and promote inclusion by encouraging kids to be kinder and more empathetic. The program also presents kids with “real players” who serve as role models.
The event featured an anti-bullying presentation from Boomer and Freddy Fever along with games and activities.
"It's about setting an example for kids, giving them real role models in the community to show them that you don't have to bully or be mean to each other in order to succeed in life," said Jo Yocum, executive director for Playworks Indiana.
“The safer they feel—emotionally, physically, socially—the better they'll do in school and in life. So to know that their role models don't bully each other to get ahead makes a good difference,” Yocum said.
This is the second year for the partnership between the Pacers Foundation and the nonprofit group.