Bob Holmes is a volleyball player who holds the Ripley’s Believe It or Not World Record for most games played by an Athlete in history. He is currently a motivational speaker who leactures about bullying and teen suicide; here is a link to one of his YouTube videos:
Q: How did you get into playing volleyball?
A: I had a bad back and a chiropractor suggested I play volleyball to help my back. He said I was out of shape and needed a workout. Then I saw the Globetrotters doing their exhibition and thought ONE MAN AGAINST AN ENTIRE TEAM could be an exhibition with a message. God turned an affliction into a ministry and since it was turned into a ministry I have had no back pain.
Q: What do you think made you so good at it?
A: Because of having played 18.000 games usually more than 50 games a week.
Q: What is the main concept behind, Beat the Odds?
A: I beat the odds on the court to paint a word picture of beating the odds in life and not committting suicide.
Standing alone as they should stand against the peer pressure.
Q: How are you different from other motivational speakers?
A: INTERACTION with the crowd, playing them and giving a lot of fun and laughter prior to speaking gets the crowd really tuned in to hear me.
Q: Do you have any formal training in psychology?
Q: Why do you think there is so much media attention on bullying these days?
A: Because every 30 seconds a young person is trying to take their lives because of being bullied
Q: What do you believe causes someone to be suicidal?
A: Not have the Lord in their hearts to give them purpose, No love at home. Bullying, and many times feeling left out
Q: What was the most challenging thing about writing your book?
A: getting investors to handle the upfront costs
Q: Your blog says ‘every 30 seconds a teenager attempts suicide due to bullying” were are you getting this statistic?
A: i remember reading it on a anti-bullying site but did not write the url down, it might be more powerful to say that I use to have 2,3 students showing me their razor blade cuts with tears after an assembly, now it is many times a whole bunch, 15-30
Q: Do you think bullying has gotten worse or peoples egos have gotten more fragile due to the internet and social media?
A: bullys have a big ego and they do not think about who they are hurting, the bullied folks are very affected and emotionally hurt by all of it
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