Meet Anthony Ianni

AAoM Anti-Bullying Public Awareness Advocate

AAOM feels so fortunate to have Anthony on board…and he is already making an impact on the autism community in Michigan. Anthony was diagnosed with autism at 4 years old while living in Ohio. At that time his parents were told by medical specialists and professionals that he would never be successful academically, that he would likely not graduate from high school much less go to college, and most likely would live in a group home in the future—and that being an athlete was out of the question. HE PROVED THEM WRONG! Anthony’s family relocated to mid-Michigan when he was a young child where he graduated from Okemos High School. He went on to graduate from Michigan State University in 2012 with a bachelor of arts in sociology. He is a former MSU basketball player for MSU and Tom Izzo and receiving an athletic scholarship in 2011-2012. He was a member of the 2010 and 2012 Big Ten Champion and Tournament Championship teams in addition to being part of the 2010 Final Four Team. He is the 2011 MSU winner of the Tim Bograkos Walk-On Award Winner and 2012 MSU Unsung Player Award Winner. Anthony also played basketball at Grand Valley State University for 2 years prior to transferring to MSU and went undefeated in the regular season.

Although Anthony has many accomplishments in his life, it has required his hard work and committed parents. Anthony endured significant bullying as a child. He has also met a number of challenges along the way and continues to face obstacles—but is determined to overcome them. Anthony is scheduling speaking engagements with schools, state and national conferences, and other venues to deliver his message of hope, inspiration, and dedication. Anthony is extremely personable and immediately draws kids and adults alike to his message! Contact anthonyinfo@aaomi.org to schedule Anthony for your event!

 

Anthony Ianni – Anti-Bullying and Autism Awareness

Anthony Ianni – MSU Media Day

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