Bruins against bullying

Published 10:56 am Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Jeremy Finger takes part in filming a piece for the Austin Bruins' commerical for the Community Against Bullying campaign Tuesday afternoon at Riverside Arena. — Eric Johnson/

Team films TV spots for CAB

The Austin Bruins don’t just land big hits on the ice. They also takes time to tell people that bullying is wrong.

The Austin Bruins are supporting the Community Against Bullying through fundraisers and commercials, which are set to air on local TV channels soon.

“It’s something to give kids a role model,” said Mike Delhanty, community relations director.

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Bruins players were busy showing off their speaking skills Tuesday afternoon at Riverside Arena, giving the camera quotes like “Stand up against bullying,” and “Stand up for yourself, you’re worth it.”

“It’s cool to get our message out in public,” said Connor Quinn, defenseman.

In addition, the Bruins will put on a CAB night on Nov. 18.

“It feels good to be a part of the community and help kids in school,” said Jonathan Gehrt, defenseman.

CAB is ramping up its awareness nationwide as volunteers prepare the community for “The Scary Guy,” who will come to Austin between Oct. 31 and Nov. 11.

“All eyes will be on what’s going to happen in this community,” said Danielle Borgerson-Nesvold, CAB chair.

Borgerson-Nesvold said she’s heard from groups and people across the U.S. interested in CAB’s efforts, from a graduate student in Texas seeking information about a thesis, to several communities wanting to start their own CAB groups and wondering how they can get the support Austin is giving.

The Scary Guy is set to speak at Austin High School at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 and Ellis Middle School at 6 p.m. Nov. 9, along with presentations at schools and organizations throughout Austin. CAB has yet to announce a finalized schedule.

In addition, the City Council will make a proclamation about CAB’s efforts during Scary’s visit.

Though CAB volunteers are busy with Scary, they’re also looking at what happens after Scary leaves. Borgerson-Nesvold said CAB will continue to bring in anti-bullying training, events and more to the community to change the bullying climate.

“I don’t want us to be a reactive community,” she said. “I want us to be a proactive community against bullying.”