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Marcianos support anti-bullying campaign

Credit: The Miami Herald

We're Kickin' It, across America, a national campaign to combat bullying, is proud to announce its latest supporter -- The Rocky Marciano Foundation.

"Rocky [a boxing legend] was always considered the underdog,'' Rocky's nephew, Peter Marciano Jr., said in a release. "He was a humble and kind man. Bullying is something he would not tolerate, and he would do anything to help the kids.''

Marciano is the only undefeated heavyweight boxing champion in history, retiring at 49-0 with 43 knockouts. Marciano won the crown by knocking out Jersey Joe Walcott in the 13th round of their Sept. 23, 1952 title bout.

The Marciano family is proud to hold that historic statistic, which is likely never to be surpassed.

The Rocky Marciano Foundation helps at-risk youth and provides scholarships and gym membership fees to children and young adults in the community.

A common issue encountered by youngsters in every community is Bullying. It is an ever growing epidemic, having long lasting detrimental affects on our youth. It is a persistent issue that can not be ignored.

The Rocky Marciano Foundation' wants to step into the ring with Kickin' It to help knock out this problem.

The Marciano family and Kickin' It will collaborate and set forth on an aggressive mission to help eradicate bullying, while encouraging positive behavior among the youth, offering support and comfort to communities across America.

Rocky's nephew, Steven Marciano, said: "We live in a social environment, and the kids aren't the only ones fighting to survive. Their families and those around them are affected. We are all affected. We need to unite and combat this problem together.''

Rocky's son, Rocky Jr., added: "His boxing record makes him a champion. What he stood for makes him a legend. My dad felt very strongly about everyone being treated equally. Our family wants his legacy to reflect that valuable trait. This collaboration will make a positive impact in this world. This is something my dad would be very proud to be a part of.''

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/25/1597118/marcianos-support-anti-bullying.html#ixzz0mDGvYyvy

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