On December 22, 2016, the Harlem Globetrotters visited the Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center to entertain students with their famous b-ball skills and tackle important issues about bullying.
Globetrotters Ace and Cheese performed a series of ball handling tricks to get the crowd energized before the talented duo strapped in for an exciting round of wheelchair basketball with the Viscardi Cubbies elementary school team.
Off the court, the players acted as “ambassadors of goodwill” by presenting the “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention,” a community outreach campaign targeted at 6-14 year olds that aims to address the damaging impacts of bullying and highlight the power of teamwork. Designed in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence, the anti-bullying program reaches 350 schools and youth centers each year. To learn more about the campaign, visit harlemglobetrotters.com.
The SNY network aired a special segment about this memorable visit during Geico SportsNight on Sunday, January 22. You can view the video here.
About the Henry Viscardi School
The Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center is a New York State supported school that offers parents of children with severe physical disabilities and who often require life-sustaining medical treatment throughout the day, a traditional educational setting option that provides rigorous academics and opportunities for personal growth and leadership development. Its specialized, accessible educational setting provides a fully-enriched academic program, a variety of therapies, assistive technology, and medical supports to students who may otherwise need to receive instruction in their homes or a hospital.
About The Viscardi Center
Founded by Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who served as disability advisor to eight U.S. Presidents and became one of the world’s leading advocates, The Viscardi Center educates, employs and empowers people with disabilities. It provides Kindergarten through High School education (up to age 21), school-to-work youth transition services, vocational training, career counseling and employment placement, assistive technology, and adapted driver education to children, adolescents and adults with a wide variety of disabilities. The Center also assists businesses in diversifying their workforces, as well as developing and advancing disability inclusive cultures in their workplaces. Learn more at viscardicenter.org.