I’ve Got Your Back: Anti-bullying School Assembly that Emphasizes Being an “Upstander”; not a bystander.


Be an "UpStander"

Jim’s anti-bullying school assembly focuses on caring for other students by “applying kindness”. Being an “Upstander” requires awareness, understanding and a commitment to have each other’s backs.

In this presentation, Jim Basketball Jones encourages students to look for the good in others and to treat people the way they want others to treat them. Jim also goes one step further by encouraging students to understand and accept the differences in others, so we can treat others the way they want to be treated.

Jim will customize his Anti-bullying school assembly to meet the needs of your school.  Not all schools have the exact some problems or concerns with bullying; nor do they teach anti-bullying the same way.  Jim will tailor his presentation to your school’s needs and your schools current anti-bullying program if applicable.


"In my 20 years of being an elementary principal, I have never offered to write a letter of recommendation for an assembly...However, that was before Jim "Basketball" Jones visited our school.  I can only echo what several told me: 'That was the best assembly we have every had.'"


George Dean - Principal - Wooster City Schools - Wooster, OH


What your Students will Learn:

  • Applying Kindness - Knowing what it takes to be kind is great, but when we apply kindness and take action - then we truly make a difference in our lives and the ones around us. 

  • Be an "UpStander- An "UpStander" is someone who has the backs of others.  They are aware of their surroundings and they are committed to making others feel important. 

  • We All Matter - Everybody brings something special to your school.  We can be our BEST only when EVERYBODY gets involved and buys in to being an "UpStander"

  • School is FUN! - School is a fun safe place for you to be the best version of yourself.  Be creative and allow others to be the best version of themselves. 


"If you are considering having someone come to your school, he is a must...He is awesome, fun, and the kids were fully engaged the whole time. Our teachers were laughing but more importantly the message and his words were inspirational and moving. I can't wait to have him next year!!"


Jamie Perry - Guidance Counselor - Walnut Creek Elementary - Columbus, OH



This Assembly is Great For:

  • Start of the Year Celebration: Get the year started off right with a fun, engaging, and powerful message.

  • Red Ribbon Week: A fun and engaging assembly to help your school celebrate national Red Ribbon Week. 

  • Anti-Bully Month: October is the most demanded month for Jim "Basketball" Jones.  This month sells out of single year. Book your show early. 

  • Leader in Me: Jim's message touches on all of the 7 habits of leadership for the Leader in Me Character program.

  • PBIS: Let Jim "Basketball" Jones help initiate your schools PBIS initiative: RespectResponsible, and Safe.

  • Kick off Celebration: Implementing a new character program or message? Jim will customize his message to work with any new program or message that your school in implementing.

  • End of the Year Celebration: A great conclusion to another successful school year to have fun with a important message to learn before summer. 


"We have had Jim visit our school for 10 years in a row; he never fails to excite the students, staff and parents.  One great message for all ages and groups! Jim will be back again next year; the kids just love his energy and comedy."


Bob Newvine, Ojibwa Elementary - P.E. Teacher - Macomb, MI


Which assembly should I choose...

Jim will customize your school assembly to meet the needs of your school.  This is a investment for your students and staff so make it the way you want it. If you like messages for Character Education, but also want to touch on Anti-Bully Education; we are happy to accommodate both.  If you are celebrating Reading month, but would like Jim to share his message on "Applying Kindness", we have you covered. Being able to adjust and customize his message is what makes a Jim "Basketball" Jones school assembly a truly unique experience.