Former basketball player combats bullying, talks to kids Highland Heights elementary school

Posted at 5:28 PM, May 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-16 13:28:44-04

Former Michigan State basketball player, Anthony Ianni, is unlike most division one athletes. Anthony is autistic and was the first division basketball player with diagnosed autism.

"When I was five years old, doctors told my parents I wasn't going to achieve much in life," Anthony recalled.

Clearly he's proven those doctors wrong. Now, he travels the country on a nationwide tour called 'Relentless' to share his story and advocate against bullying.

Recently, he spoke to elementary students at Millridge Elementary School in Highland Heights.  He was open and honest about his personal experiences with bullies.

"I hated it (bullying). It just felt like someone punched you in the gut every day," he said.

But he never let bullies deter him from success.

"I had that mentality of I am going to get right back up and keep walking in life no matter what," he said. 

Now, he is using his triumphs to try and ignite change by encouraging respect.

"You can't give up on anyone or anything in life because people can do great things in life," he said. 

For more information on the tour head