Harlem Globetrotter visits Augusta Boys and Girls Club

Harlem Globetrotter visits Augusta Boys and Girls Club

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Anthony "Buckets" Blakes has been with the Harlem Globetrotters for 12 years and is great with tricks on the court. But he's also an inspiration to kids.

"It hits home a little bit to come to Boys and Girls Clubs," he said.

Blakes grew up going to the Boys and Girls Club in Arizona and now travels with the Globetrotters. The Globetrotters have partnered with the organization to teach kids how to stand up to bullying.

"We're talking to them about ABCs of bullying prevention program," Blakes said.

The A stands for action, the B for bravery, and the C for compassion.

Sixteen-year-old Daniel Forbes was at the event Tuesday and said talks like this are good for kids.

"A lot of stuff happens around the schools and stuff, and nobody wants to speak up or teach them about it," Forbes said.

Blakes hopes the message makes a difference in the community.

"Even if I got my message across to one of them, that kid's going to be my messenger when I leave, and that's what it's all about," says Blakes.

Forbes says he learned a lot from the talk and will be a part of the anti-bullying movement in Augusta.

"I learned that when a bully comes around, or if you see someone being bullied, that you should help them out and speak up and not just sit there," Forbes said.

Blakes showed off some tricks, but left the kids at the Boys and Girls Club with an important message.

"If you wanna be successful, all you have to do is treat the people around you the right way, and you'll get the same in return," he told the kids.

The Harlem Globetrotters play Friday at 7 p.m. at James Brown Arena. Fans can go on their website and vote for a new rule for the Globetrotters' games.

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