We can play a Big part in helping to support this campaign by getting our athletes involved! We can promote the anti-bullying message in a variety of ways. Our teams can do rallies, educate others, and on a particular match day, our teams can all wear the "Wrestling Against Bullying" T-Shirts.
Promoting and educating our fans and followers will help get the word out that the wrestling community and family will no longer tolerate bullying in our schools and communities. Wrestlers will take a stance against bullying!
Purchase a Wrestling Against Bullies Coaches Kit and educate your team to help STOP bullying! Post a few WAB Posters up in your wrestling room and school hallways and have your team wear the t-shirts with pride!
Wrestling Against Bullies - Coaches Kit
What's in the coaches kit? The coaches kit includes the following:
Bullying has become an unfortunate epidemic in this country, affecting thousands of innocent young people and their families every day, with painful and sometimes dire consequences. Bullying can occur on the school yards, hallways, classrooms, locker rooms, and now through social media websites (cyber bullying) and texting. But we can all make a real difference in combating this challenging problem in our schools and society today, by being pro-active and Taking a Firm Stance Against Bullying!
The WAB Education Guide Booklet was designed to help wrestling coaches, parents and athletes learn how to take a stand against bullying in our schools and social environments. The booklet includes information and ideas on:
*What is bullying?
*What is a bully?
*Who are these bullies?
*What roles kids play in bullying?
*Who is at risk of being bullied?
*Where is bullying taking place?
*How do we prevent bullying?
The WAB guide also includes ideas and suggestions of what wrestling teams can do as a unified group to stop bullying, including campaign and activities.
What better sport - than wrestling - could represent a positive image and establish campaigns to thwart off this terrible epidemic that seems to be prevalent in so many of our schools today.
Wrestlers are looked up to as strong and dedicated athletes that are humble and caring toward people. Wrestlers and the sport of wrestling can make a huge impact in promoting an anti-bullying message to prevent bullying.
The goal of US Camps is to help create a wrestling movement across our country, and abroad, that recruits age group wrestling clubs, middle schools and high schools to come together as a sport to STOP bullying! By unifying as a sport we can spread the word that bullying will not be tolerated in our surroundings.
Because wrestlers are strong individuals we have an obligation to help protect our fellow students and friends. The goal is for wrestlers and wrestling teams to stand up and really take a "stance" against this terrible reality.
Wrestlers and wrestling teams can take a calm yet strong approach in making it clear that the wrestling community will not tolerate bullying anymore. We can do this in a non-violent productive manner, promoting an anti-bullying message and preventing the act of bullying whenever we see it.
Let join together and support WrestlingAgainstBullies.com to make a huge positive difference in our society as we know it! Thank you!
Here are some tips for our young people, parents, and coaches:
If you see bullying:
If you feel like your child may be the victim of bullying:
If you want wrestling to take a stance:
Rulon enjoys the kids!
Steve Fraser and Rulon Gardner are teaming up to provide school, club, and event 'presentations' that not only tell their amazing wrestling stories of accomplishment, but motivate and inspire, while sharing the anti-bullying message to the young people in the audience. Wrestlers or non-wrestlers will be entertained and inspired to go after the wildest dreams while representing a healthy anti-bullying attitude. Listeners will gain ways and means to be successful in their personal quests and at the same time learn how to prevent bullying in their surroundings.
Invite one of both to inspire your team, school, or group!
Contact Steve Fraser at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 719.332.8927, for more details and scheduling.
For further information, tips, and support on Bullying, please visit: www.StopBullying.Gov
November 21, 2014
Wrestling Against Bullying
By Steve Fraser
What is it with our society today? Can it really be true that bullying is epidemic across our great nation? The 2010-11 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics) indicate that, nationwide, 28% of students in grades 6-12 experienced bullying.
The definition of bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious lasting problems.
The types of bullying include; verbal bullying where kids say or write mean things. There is social bullying which involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. And there is physical bullying which includes hurting a person’s body or possessions.
I challenge our wrestling community to take a stand against bullying in our schools. Wrestlers are the toughest athletes on the planet. We can take a “stance” and come together as a sport to stop bullying - on the spot. What better cause can the wrestling community take on?
Please be clear that I don’t mean to suggest that wrestlers need to fight bullying with violence. I mean wrestlers should stand up and make it known that we will not look the other way. We will not be mere bystanders when it comes to bullying. What better sport could represent the effort of bringing awareness and solutions to the serious matter of bullying?
There are many roles kids play in bullying. There are kids that bully, kids that get bullied, and kids that witness bullying. It is important to understand the multiple roles kids play in order to help prevent and respond to bullying.
Even if a kid is not bullying or getting bullied, they may be contributing to the behavior. Witnessing the behavior may also affect the child, so it is important to learn what to do when they see bullying.
Here are a few examples of roles kids play:
Kids who Assist: These kids may not start the bullying but they act as an “assistant” to the kids that are bullying. They may encourage and/or sometimes join in the behavior.
Kids who Reinforce: These kids are not directly involved with the bullying but give the bullying an audience. They will often laugh or provide support to the behavior.
Outsiders: These kids remain separate from the bullying situation. They neither reinforce nor defend the person being bullied. They don’t take a side, but again, provide an audience that may encourage the bullying behavior. And some kids may want to help but don’t know how.
Kids who Defend: Then there are kids who come to the aid of the child being bullied and comfort them when the bullying is occurring.
Here’s how we can take a “stance” to fight against bullying: Bullying can be prevented especially when the power of a community is brought together. Coaches can talk to their teams, creating a shared vision about bullying in their school, its impact, and how to stop it.
Becoming aware of the definition of what bullying is, understanding the warning signs of the bullied and creating clear-cut ways and means to stop it will send the message that bullying will not be tolerated in your school.
Engaging parents and the youth, and working together to send a unified message about bullying will over time make a positive impact.
Coaches or Team Captains can launch various campaigns, such as rallies or bully awareness days to bring to light the senseless hurting of young people’s lives.
Wrestling is a sport that builds great character, discipline, fortitude and pride in the young people whom take part. Let’s model how people should treat people. Kindness, respect and caring should be our message.
The world is made up of all kinds of different people. This is a GOOD thing! How boring would the world be if everyone was the same?
Michael Franti (and Spearhead) is a singer/songwriter that I have grown to love. His music/lyrics and high world view are beautiful. In his song called “Stay Human” he writes “All the freaky people make the beauty of the world.” How true that is.
“Celebrate Diversity: Diversity, generally understood and embraced, is not casual liberal tolerance of anything and everything not yourself. It is not polite accommodation.
Instead, diversity is, in action, the sometimes painful awareness that other people, other races, other voices, other habits of mind, have as much integrity of being, as much claim on the world as you do...
And I urge you, amid all the differences present to the eye and mind, to reach out to create the bond that… will protect us all. We are meant to be here together.” ~William Chase
For “Wrestling Against Bullies - Coaches Kit,” and more ideas and education, please go to wrestlingagainstbullies.com.