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How one student help end bullying
Obama said bullying is frequently targeted as "kids that are perceived as different," from the color of their skin to sexual orientation. "It's not something we have to accept," Obama said.
The president also said his big ears and unusual name made him a target: "I wasn't immune. I didn't emerge unscathed."
President Obama & Clinton
Bullying and suicide
Arthur Agee Against Bullying
Bullying is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4400 deaths per year, according to the CDC.
For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts.
Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.
Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University.
A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying.
10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the same study.
According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of bullying
Bully-related suicide can be connected to any type of bullying, including physical bullying, emotional bullying,and sexting, or circulating suggestive or nude photos or messages about a person.
Some schools or regions have more serious problems with bullying-related suicide.
This may be due to a problem with bullying at the school. It could also be related to the tendency of students who are exposed to suicide to consider suicide themselves.
The foundation does not seek to limit the dream of children that some day they can be the next NBA superstar. Instead we use this dream to motivate kids to do better in all aspects in their life in the event they don't become the next NBA ALL-Star.
Arthur Agee played basketball with President Obama and Arnie Duncan in Chicago back in the day. They all had Dreams Beyond the Hoop.
We strongly believe that educational equality will lead to good careers and societal accomplishments. It is not our goal to train future NBA players, but instead to provide a foundation for a successful life beyond basketball. The competition is not basketball, the competiton is “life”.
Radio interview Arthur discusses The Foundation on the radio with Lou Vickery..listen HERE
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Letter to President Obama
from The AAJRM Foundation
and Arthur Agee
How one student helped to stop bullying
Control You Own Destiny.
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Our goal is to keep kids dreaming, but at the same, improve their chances and options where they can start dreaming of a life outside of basketball and sports. We want to help them develop lives that start with a foundation in education and values beyond sports. Sports is a tool to build character.
Arthur Agee and William Gates send their prayers and blessing in memory of Roger Ebert. He was a visionary, a champion and a friend. Photo: Roger Ebert in 2009, with Will Gates and Arthur Agee, stars of Hoop Dreams, at a celebration of the film's 15th Anniversary. Kartemquin Films statement:
Executive Director Justine Nagan welcomed guests to the sold-out evening at the Gene Siskel Film Center which was MCeed by WXRT's Marty Lennartz. The event then began with a brief visual recap of the film leading into a memorable panel discussion, moderated by the Community Renewal Foundation's Dr. Calvin Morris, featuring the film's subjects Arthur Agee and William Gates and filmmakers Steve James and Peter Gilbert. Frederick Marx, the third part of the film making team was unable to attend. They discussed the friendships they formed and the lessons they learned during the 7 years of making the film, and the legacy and impact of this Oscar-nominated documentary on cinema and their own lives.
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HOOP DREAM REALITY BASKETBALL STATISTICS
1. 157,000 + senior basketball players graduate each year and only 1,775 of them will get scholarships!
2. Only 1.5% of high school graduates will get into a division 1 college!
3. Only 0.03% of high school basketball players will one day play in the N.B.A.!
4. Only 1.2% of college players will be drafted by the N.B.A each year!
5. 1% of college players will make it into the N.B.A.!
6. If you are a top 100 player-athlete you are 1 in 3 to make it!
How are you going to separate yourself from the rest?
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