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Football players speak out against bullying to local students


Williams, Schobert

Nov. 7, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- Walker Williams understands that his position as a Wisconsin football player makes him a role model for kids in the Madison area, and he is happy to use his platform in a positive way.

“I think being a Badger has given me a great opportunity to make a big difference in some children’s lives,” Williams said. “They might not always listen to their teachers or parents, but something about having a Badger come and talk to them makes them want to listen more.”

On Nov. 1, Williams teamed up with fellow football player Joe Schobert to speak about standing up to bullying at Oregon Middle School’s annual awards assembly. The appearance was part of an overall effort by Wisconsin student-athletes to stand up to bullying.

Williams and Schobert spent their visit emphasizing the importance of respecting their parents, teachers, coaches and peers.

Williams enjoyed talking to the students about a subject that is an emphasis for the student-athletes this year and was grateful for the response from the students.

“It was encouraging to see how receptive the kids were to the message of anti-bullying and the importance of respect,” Williams said.

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