Jamaal Magloire remembers witnessing bullying firsthand from his high school days in Toronto.
“I wasn’t a part of it directly, but indirectly and whether I was laughing or not telling somebody of importance what was going on, I was still a part of it.”
It’s behaviour Magloire wants to help change as part of the Raptors’ support for the Be Bold: Stop Bullying campaign in Canada, which launched in Toronto on Wednesday.
The anti-bullying initiative has seen success in the United States, Latin America and Australia and Facebook has partnered with Family Channel, PREVNet, Concerned Children’s Advertisers, Kids Help Phone, MediaSmarts, Free The Children and STOPcyberbullying.org to bring it to Canada.
Magloire, a former Raptors player now working with the club as a basketball development consultant and community ambassador, spoke on Wednesday to the group that included 100 students about his experience with bullying and how they can make a difference.
“Cyberbullying affects so many people, it could be our children, our brothers, our sisters and the repercussions from it can be deadly,” said Magloire. “We wanted to get involved, to use our notoriety to let kids know that bullying is wrong and that if you see someone that’s doing something wrong, please report it to the authorities.”
A large part of the Be Bold: Stop Bullying initiative is getting teens, teachers and parents to recite an anti-bullying pledge and the Raptors have lent the idea their support with a video, which you can see at the top of this post. Magloire is joined on camera by DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas and head coach Dwane Casey as they recite the pledge, with the hope that others will follow their lead.
For more information on the Be Bold: Stop Bullying in Canada visit the official Facebook page, or you can take the pledge yourself by using the widget below.