October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and athletes are joining up to help the cause.
T-shirt company Custom Ink recently partnered with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, launching their fourth annual “Be Good to Each Other’” campaign to unite against bullies everywhere. Supporters are encouraged to design their own t-shirts with personal anti-bullying messages and wear them together with their team, club or particular group.
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Custom Ink found that 83 percent of teens in the 10 largest metro areas reported being teased or bullied, based on a recent national survey. However, the survey also found that kids are more than willing to band together and help spread messages of kindness and tolerance and show that they are against bullying.
Pro lacrosse player Paul Rabil, the NBA’s Charlie Villanueva, and Dennis Pitta and Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens are among those who actively support “Be Good to Each Other.”
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Custom Ink is donating 100 percent of the profits to PACER, which offers year-round resources to educate and inspire people to join the prevention movement, as well as presenting opportunities for people to reach out and share their past experiences with bullies.
Specifically, this upcoming month-long effort encourages everyone to take a more active role in bullying prevention. Custom Ink’s campaign will run through Oct. 31, but not before PACER hosts runs/walks against bullying in locations across the country, and a national Unity Day (encouraging everyone to wear orange) on Oct. 22.