Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
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.

Syracuse men's lacrosse pulls off another one-goal victory, advances to national title game with 9-8 win over Denver

Ex-Syracuse star Casey Powell on Beastie Boys, retirement and Team USA in WILC 2015

Syracuse fan photo challenge: Keep sending us photos of your summer adventures in SU gear

Casey Powell, Joel White headline US Lacrosse roster for World Indoor Lacrosse Championship

Syracuse fan photo challenge: Where did you wear your Orange gear this summer?

WILC 2015: Host Iroquois Nationals set lacrosse roster for international tournament

US Lacrosse announces tryout roster for WILC: Five former Syracuse players included

Syracuse lacrosse player Hayes McGinley, involved in incident in March, leaves school (report)

Syracuse lacrosse adds UMass transfer Nick Mariano, according to reports

Syracuse has lowest percentage of female head coaches among major conference schools (report)

Mark Coyle on Scott Shafer's job security, Carrier Dome and 'New York's College Team'

Syracuse finishes with second-best Director's Cup ranking in school history

Meet Mark Coyle: Everything you need to know about Syracuse's new athletic director

John Desko resisted urge to quiz new Syracuse athletic director on lacrosse knowledge

Syracuse search committee wanted athletic director who could connect with fanbase

6 reasons why Syracuse hit the nail on the head hiring Mark Coyle from Boise State as AD

10 things to know about new Syracuse athletic director Mark Coyle

The 7 biggest challenges facing Syracuse's new athletic director

Syracuse athletic director search: Bucknell AD John Hardt staying put after garnering interest from SU

Syracuse men's lacrosse player arrested for possession of alcohol, hid from police

Almost 100 years after World War I, William Shemin's Medal of Honor reunites two families