Ianni was determined to prove everyone wrong – and he did.
Despite such overwhelming adversity, Ianni kept fighting and
never gave up. He graduated from Okemos High School, where he
played basketball. He earned his bachelor’s degree in
sociology from MSU.
“I proved every doctor and professional in my life wrong,” said
At MSU, Ianni played basketball under legendary coach Tom
Izzo and is the first known athlete with autism to play Big
Ten Basketball. At MSU, he won two Big Ten Championships and a
Big Ten Tournament title. He received the 2011 Tim Bograkos
Walk-On Award, the 2012 Unsung Player Award, and was a member of
the 2010 Final Four team.
“Bullying can affect everybody today, including people with
autism. Most people don’t know that 65-90 percent of kids with
autism are a prime target for bullies. I was one of those
victims when I was younger, and it continued until I was a
freshman in high school. After I learned these numbers, I knew I
had to take action!” said Ianni.
Since he graduated from MSU, Ianni has become one of the most
sought-after anti-bullying advocates in the state and the
nation. His Relentless Tour, sponsored by the Michigan
Department of Civil Rights (MDCR), is a grassroots
initiative designed to eradicate bullying across Michigan and
beyond. Ianni has pledged his career to helping those who are
bullied and facing similar challenges to those he faced. He has
inspired countless individuals to “LYD” – live your dreams.
The presentation is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by
the HFC Office of Campus Safety, the HFC Office of Student
Activities, and the HFC Office of Student Compliance and Title
how you can prevent bullying and support others at this
presentation. Visit Ianni at http://relentlesstour.com.
For questions or more information, please contact HFC Student
Activities Associate Mandy Earl at (313) 317-1756 or firstname.lastname@example.org.