2018-02-08 / News

Former MSU player brings Relentless Tour to area

By Cameron Kerkau

Former Michigan State University basketball player Anthony Ianni is visiting the schools of Saginaw Township with his Relentless Tour, spreading a message of anti-bullying and autism awareness. Today, Feb. 8, he will be at White Pine Middle School at 8:50 a.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. and at Nouvel Catholic Central High School at 11 a.m. Tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 9, he’ll visit Heritage High School at 8:35 a.m. and 12:55 p.m. and Valley Lutheran High School at 10:10 a.m.

Ianni has two messages for the students of Saginaw Township: “Be careful what you say and do to others because you’ll never know what that person will be like in the future,” and “Go out and make the change.”

Ianni’s campaign stems from his experience growing up diagnosed on the autism spectrum and being bullied in school.

“Because I was diagnosed on the autism spectrum when I was four, there was a lot of things that I said and did differently growing up as a kid. And there were a lot of individuals in my school who just didn’t understand that and they took advantage of me,” said Ianni.

Despite the obstacles he faced, Ianni became the first Division 1 college basketball player in NCAA history to have an autism diagnosis.

“Through good friends and great support I’ve had a lot of people help me overcome that obstacle of having bullies in my life. At the same time, basketball helped me drive past those bullies and keep focusing on what I needed to do in my life which was graduate high school, go play at a big university for college basketball and get my degree in the process,” said Ianni.

The Relentless Tour is presented by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and began in November of 2013. According to Ianni, it began as a statewide initiative but it quickly became nationwide as he visited schools, universities and businesses around the country.

“We’re just getting started with this. We’ve been all around the country and the state of Michigan but there are so many more places that need to hear this message,” said Ianni.

Parents of students who have an interest in attending the event at their respective school should contact Tim Conley, Saginaw Township Community Schools teacher consultant, at (989) 399-8060.

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