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Knighthawks and Hurricanes Lacrosse battle bullies
05/13/2014 - 4:24pm

(May 13, 2014)... The Rochester Knighthawks professional lacrosse organization and Hurricanes Lacrosse continue to be a voice against bullying in the Rochester community. (Courtesy of WROC-TV)

Knighthawks forward Joe Walters and Ann Marie Leonardi of Hurricanes Lacrosse discussed the ongoing initiative Tuesday on News 8 at Noon. CLICK HERE TO WATCH.

Leonardi began an anti-bullying program called "We Got Your Back" in October of 2012.  It was inspired by the story of a young lady who had committed suicide after being bullied. Leonardi created rubber wristbands with the slogan "We Got Your Back" on them and asked her lacrosse players in Greece to sign a pledge not to bully and to support their peers when they witnessed bullying.

The program spread across the Rochester area and the Knighthawks, as an organization, all signed the pledge as well.

Since then, Leonardi says over 5,000 kids have signed the anti-bullying pledge. Knighthawks players, including Walters, have addressed over 8,000 kids, encouraging them to speak out if they're bullied. Walters, an Irondequoit High School graduate, shared how he was bullied as a youngster and that the turning point was when he told a teacher.

The Knighthawks next anti-bullying event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20 at the Hillside Crestwood Children's Center. Before that, the team hosts Game Two of the East Division Finals on Saturday, May 17 at The Blue Cross Arena against the Buffalo Bandits. The team has a chance to even its playoff series and force a 10-minute mini-game. The winner of the East Division Finals will advance to the Champion’s Cup Finals.

Playoff tickets can be obtained at or by calling (585) 454-4295.

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