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Anti-bullying presentation brings surprise guest to Binghamton

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — In an effort to fight bullying, a special guest paid some local elementary students a visit this morning.

Harlem Globetrotter Zeus McClurkin stopped by Benjamin Franklin Elementary to present his “T.E.A.M. Up At School” program. The program uses the acronym T.E.A.M. to provide students with bullying solutions. The acronym stands for talk, empathize, ask, mobilize.

Educators say having someone as skilled and famous as a Globetrotter get the message across will not only entertain the students, but hopefully inspire them as well.

“Yeah it was a big deal for the kids, the kids were excited. There’s been a buzz around the building for several days now. Somebody that they can relate to, a figure that they’ve seen, a celebrity figure that they’ve seen just makes the message that much more powerful to them,” said Principal Kyle Skinner.

McClurkin showed off his skills with some traditional Globetrotter trickery and even involved some of the students.

“Kids naturally look up athletes, you know, professional athletes in particular. So it’s a good opportunity for us to kind of use this magnetism we have for good, and pour back into these communities that have given so much to us over the last ninety three years,” noted McClurkin.

The event comes less than a month prior to the Globetrotters’ world tour stop in Binghamton. The Globetrotters will be at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on April 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets and information can be found on 


Dan Conklin

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