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Women's Basketball Continues Anti-Bullying Campaign

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pittsburgh --  The Robert Morris University women's basketball continued to spread its anti-bullying message by visiting elementary schools in Oxford, Ohio and Coralville, Iowa during recent road trips. It marks the third such visit of the season by the team which initiated the campaign by presenting to Hyde Elementary School in the Moon Area School District in late October.

The squad took time to present messages about anti-bullying and the importance of teamwork at Kramer Elementary School, a part of the Talawanda School District in Oxford, Ohio, and Coralville Central Elementary School in Coralville, Iowa.

"It was just an excellent presentation by the Robert Morris student-athletes to come out and see our students and talk to our students about real world bullying issues that they are seeing across the United States and around the world," said Kramer Elementary principal Jason Merz. "You have a wide range of players from different places and they were able to meet our students. We have students from 27 countries and 19 languages spoken here, so it was neat to have different perspectives and talk about bullying which is a national epidemic and we hear about every day."


RMU head coach Sal Buscaglia concluded the presentation by sending the message to "make someone smile every day", a message that the team emphasizes on every visit. Merz promised to reinforce the message during Kramer's morning announcements.

During the squad's most recent visit to Coralville Central Elementary, in addition to talking about how to prevent bullying and make school a positive atmosphere the team introduced a song that showed just one way that a group of diverse people could come together. They did so by performing a song they created on the 13-hour bus ride to Iowa titled "My Bacon". The song was a hit with the students, who clapped along and could be heard singing the chorus as they exited the gymnasium following the squads presentation.

The team intends to continue to spread the message as they travel throughout the season.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.