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Atlanta Hawks seeking anti-bullying contest entries

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

The Atlanta Hawks are using an essay contest to put bullying at school on the defensive. The Hawks are participating in a contest sponsored by the National Basketball Association.

Applications, and entries, are being accepted from local elementary school children, until Jan. 17, for the "Bully Free is the Way To Be" essay contest. According to contest rules, participating youths, ranging from kindergartners, to fifth-graders, must submit an essay that is between 350, and 1,000 words, and double-spaced, and that focuses on the theme of "Bully Free Is the Way To Be."

The grand prize winner in the contest will be escorted to school, in a limousine, by Atlanta Hawks player, Al Horford, and will receive four tickets to the Hawks' March 6, Read to Achieve Night game against the New York Knicks, according to a press statement from the Hawks. Five second place winners will also each receive four tickets to the game.

The Hawks have announced that all entries must be mailed to 101 Marietta St., Suite 1900, Atlanta, Ga., 30303, and must be postmarked by Jan. 17, 2011. The entry must be received by Jan. 21, according to the team's announcement.

An official entry form, and competition rules can be found in the "Community Educational Programs" section of the Hawks' web site, www.nba.com/hawks/.

For more information, send an e-mail to Jamie.Grant@atlantaspirit.com.