ADRIAN, Mich. (September 9, 2015) – Anthony Ianni, a highly regarded anti-bullying motivational speaker, will take his message about growing up with Autism to Adrian College on September 10 at 7:00 PM in Dawson Auditorium. His inspiring speech is certain to motivate and engage listeners of all ages.
Ianni, of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), which is on the Autism Spectrum (ASD). Doctors and specialists believed he would barely graduate from high school, would never graduate from college and would never have a shot at being an athlete. Despite their predictions, Ianni earned a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and was marked as the first-known athlete with autism to play Big 10 basketball.
Under the guidance of coach Tom Izzo, Ianni won two Big Ten Championships, a Big Ten Tournament Title, was the recipient of the 2011 Tim Bograkos Walk On Award and the 2012 Unsung Player Award and was also a member of the 2010 Final Four team.
He has since pledged his career to stand against bullying and to teach those who face similar challenges how to thrive in the face of adversity.
This event is free and open to public. For additional information regarding Ianni, please visit his webpage.