After leading the students through a few simple games, Thomas stirred excitement by choosing which teachers would take part in a basketball skills demonstration -- based on how loud the students cheered for each one. Fifth-grade teacher Colleen Campbell and physical education teacher Garry Cipra got the loudest ovations and took turns learning the ball-handling tricks of the Globetrotters.
Thomas, known for his flamboyant dunking, began his college career at North Carolina State University before transferring to Marshall University in 2010. A good student, he was named to the All-ACC Academic Team in 2009 and the Conference USA All-Academic Team in 2011.
Thomas finished his undergraduate degree in sports management in just three years and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sports administration from Marshall.
According to the Globetrotters' website, the bullying prevention program is conducted in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence and works to give 6- to 12-year-old students "tools that kids can use on a daily basis to reduce bullying. The Globetrotters equate what it means to be part of a team to how kids can offer support to one another to help stop bullying.