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NFL football player comes home to teach camp and lesson about bullying
BIXBY, Okla. (KTUL) – Chris Harris Jr., cornerback for the Denver Broncos and Bixby High School alum, hosted his fourth annual Underdog Academy Friday.
He said he had several goals for the camp including teaching kids skills on the field but also to be respectful and not to bully others.
“Try to just show them that bullying isn’t cool,” said Harris. “We want to definitely talk about that so today is really bringing up these kids, really teaching them a lot."
He brought in community partners and volunteers such as Steve Hahn with the Anti Bullying Collaboration in Tulsa to teach them to stick up for others.
“These kids being athletes, they’ve got a great platform for that," said Hahn. "They’re influencers.”
He’s handing out bracelets that say "Use Your Power for Good" for the kids to wear.
Hahn said he is also asking them to sign a pledge saying they will fight against bullying.
Christopher McClellan, 14, said he will.
“If I see anyone making fun of someone, and I see other people who can stop it, you’re frowned upon,” he said. “That’s not OK at all. Bullying is terrible. They should learn to love everyone. That should be the message shared today.”
Harris said he hopes his camp also helps to teach kids respect and discipline to take back to their schools, becoming leaders and standing up for others.
#BullyingIsNotOK is a campaign to fight bullying in Green Country. In partnership with Tulsa’s Anti-Bullying Collaboration and Route 66 Chevrolet and Nissan, KTUL is raising awareness in our community about the importance of bullying prevention.