33. Bullying, Breakthroughs, and Basketball, with Anthony Ianni

Discover what’s possible when you relentlessly shoot for your goals. 

Anthony Ianni is an autism self-advocate, a sought-after motivational speaker, and a former basketball star. 

As the NCAA’s first Division 1 college basketball player with autism, playing for Michigan State University, Anthony surpassed all limitations that doctors had predicted for his life. He currently works for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and travels the country as part of the Relentless Tour, advocating against bullying and educating students about autism. Anthony’s memoir, Centered, is expected to be released in early September 2021. 

In this conversation, Anthony shares how he coped with bullies growing up, how his parents told him about his autism, and why he was driven to prove others wrong. We also talk about his basketball career and how his autism affected his relationships with his teammates. Listen until the end to hear Anthony’s advice for parents who may be concerned that their child is being bullied. 

For more information about Anthony Ianni and his work, please visit his website Relentless Tour and follow him on Instagram @aigamechanger44

Resources:

IAN Research Report: Bullying and Children with ASD 

Investigating Bullying as a Predictor of Suicidality in a Clinical Sample of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder 

The 3 R’s for Bullying Prevention: Recognize, Respond and Report 

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