Mitchell Frantz, a senior sports management major and member of the football and tennis teams, was recently involved in an anti-bullying campaign with the Harlem Globetrotters.
Frantz is currently a marketing intern for ASM Global at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre where his duties are to study underneath the director of marketing and assist him with various tasks such as data entry, Photoshop and script writing.
Frantz and fellow Misericordia senior and football player Matt Dinnocenti were linked up with the Harlem Globetrotters and the director of marketing at the Arena. They worked with Globetrotter player Max “Hops” Pearce.
A graduate of Purchase College in Harrison, NY, Pearce became a Globetrotter after winning the 2018 Dark Horse Dunk Competition during the NCAA Final Four weekend. During his time in Northeastern Pennsylvania, he wanted to visit Scranton because he is a huge fan of the Scranton-based show, “The Office.”
So, Frantz and the arena team took Pearce around Scranton to visit places from the show and to The Office gift shop. Frantz said it was funny to see a professional athlete so excited to see landmarks featured in the show.
“He came out with like $150 worth of stuff from the gift shop,” Frantz said.
While the group wasn’t visiting Scranton, Frantz helped work on the Globetrotters’ anti-bullying campaign T.E.A.M., which stands for Talk to someone, Empathize with the person talking, Ask for help and Mobilize the T.E.A.M. plan when you or someone you know is being bullied.
While the Globetrotters are on their nationwide tour, they will visit local schools around the areas where they perform to promote the campaign. While in Wilkes-Barre, Pearce and the arena crew visited local elementary schools to put on a show but to talk about the T.E.A.M Up At School message.
Frantz was excited to get involved with the T.E.A.M. campaign.
“I heard about the anti-bullying campaign. Growing up, I always was a huge advocate for anti-bullying and I thought it would be interesting to be able to pick the brain of someone who is also an advocate for anti-bullying and who is a world-class athlete who travels around the world,” he said.
To Frantz, this wasn’t work, but rather a way to enable himself to make an impact on young kids who deal with bullying every day.
The Harlem Globetrotters performed at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Feb. 22. Their tour continues around the United States and a number of international countries.