The Greenville Swamp Rabbits will host Anti-Bullying Night on Saturday, October 26 against the Atlanta Gladiators at 7:05 p.m. Along with inspiring messages of acceptance from Swamp Rabbits players and staff, the team will be going two steps further to promote acceptance and to “cross check bullying” among children and adults.
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center celebrates Unity Day every year in late October, and in honor of that, the Swamp Rabbits will be debuting their orange uniforms, new for the 2019–20 season. Additionally, orange “Cross Check Bullying” t-shirts will be sold at the Hop Shop during the game. 10% of the proceeds will benefit PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.
Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center actively leads social change to prevent childhood bullying, so that all youth are safe and supported in their schools, communities, and online. The organization spearheaded the Stop Bullying: Speak Up initiative alongside Cartoon Network to inspire kids across the country to promote inclusion in schools.
The 2017 School Crime Supplement, conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice, indicated that 20% of students ages 12-18 experienced bullying. A School Psychology Review study showed that middle school students experienced bullying in all facets of school life, with 29.3% in the classroom, 29.0% at lockers, 23.4% in the cafeteria, 19.5% in gym class, 12.2% in the bathroom, and 6.2% on the playground or at recess.
Bullying is not only an obstacle that affects children. A 2014 national survey from the Workplace Bullying Institute found that 27% of Americans have suffered abusive conduct at work, 21% have personally witnessed it happening to someone else, and 72% of Americans are aware that workplace bullying happens.
Tickets to Anti-Bullying Night are available on SwampRabbits.com. Fans are encouraged to wear orange in honor of Unity Day.