The California State Athletic Commission and the Los Angeles Unified School District have partnered in an anti-bullying outreach effort aimed at impacting the lives of high school students. To kick-off this partnership, an anti-bullying presentation was held at Fremont High School in Los Angeles. The event was a success with more than 120 high school students in attendance.
Bullying is a growing problem among youth in high schools today and it is important for high school students to have positive role models that support the anti-bullying and anti-violence message.
During the presentation, California State Athletic Commission officials, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and boxing athletes spoke to students about anti-bullying, anti-violence and tips to help them if they are ever being bullied. A student produced anti-violence video and an anti-bullying video featuring MMA fighter Urijah Faber were showcased, and students took an anti-bullying pledge. Students also had an opportunity to meet and take photos with officials and athletes. Guests speakers included:
- Herb Dean
- Mike Beltran
- Leo Santa Cruz, IBF Bantam Weight Champion
- Josh Barnett, Former MMA Heavy Weight Champion
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) regulates professional and amateur boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts throughout the State by licensing all participants and supervising the events. The Commission is dedicated to the health, safety and welfare of participants in regulated competitive sporting events, through ethical and professional service. For more information about CSAC, visit www.dca.ca.gov/csac.