“The Blind Side” Star Admits Being Bullied, Begins National Anti-Bullying Tour

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Quinton Aaron, Star of “The Blind Side,” Embarks on 31-City Awareness and Fundraising Tour Supporting New Anti-Bullying Foundation, Accepts Donations and Sells Raffle Tickets for $10,000 Prize on Brown Paper Tickets

Actor Quinton Aaron, star of "The Blind Side"

“I don't shy away from the fact that I was bullied,” says Aaron. “Thankfully, I made the decision to change the direction of my life. It brought forward a positive outlook.”

Quinton Aaron, the actor best known for his portrayal of Michael Oher in the Sandra Bullock blockbuster, “The Blind Side,” is using his star-power to fuel a 45-day Anti-Bullying Tour featuring leadership breakfasts, town hall meetings, autograph-signing sessions at several Quaker Steak & Lube locations, bowling events and raffle ticket sales to fund anti-bullying programs, where one winner will take home their choice of a Honda Fury motorcycle or $10,000. Aaron and his foundation will be bringing an anti-bullying message to over 112,000 students, their families, schools and communities; for the complete tour schedule, go to http://www.quintonaaron.org.

To make a donation or to purchase raffle tickets where all proceeds go to anti-bullying campaigns, or to find out more information and attend any of Quinton Aaron’s appearances, at bowling events, autograph signings at Quaker Steak & Lube locations, and more, go to http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com and enter “Quinton” into the search box, or call Brown Paper Tickets 24-hour live customer service at 1-800-838-3006.

“The online donations and raffle ticket sales are going to fund anti-bullying programs long after this tour is over,” said Quinton Aaron. “We hope that you find it in your heart to help us stop bullies now, with your donations.”

An underdog himself, Quinton's story is well-known. “I don't shy away from the fact that I was bullied,” says Aaron. “Thankfully, I made the decision to change the direction of my life. It brought forward a positive outlook.” He now dedicates himself to finding meaningful solutions and helping children who find themselves victims of bullying.

Determined to engage with communities, Aaron plans on building long-term relationships through his recently-formed foundation. “I want to educate young children and teenagers by calling attention to bullying. When kids are involved in bullying, they often play more than one role. It is important to understand the multiple roles kids play in order to effectively prevent and respond to bullying," Aaron said. Quinton's approach in dealing with the issue has already proven tremendously successful, and he looks forward to touching the lives and teaching as many people as possible along the way.

Aaron’s Anti-Bullying Tour will reach the following cities in the next five weeks:

New York, NY 3/28
Cleveland, OH 4/1
Chicago, IL 4/4
Indianapolis, IN 4/6
Champaign, IL 4/6
Springfield, IL 4/6    
St. Louis, MO 4/6
Kansas City, MO 4/8
Denver, CO 4/8
Las Vegas, NV 4/10
Los Angeles, CA 4/12
San Diego, CA 4/14
Phoenix, AZ 4/15
Flagstaff, AZ 4/15
Albuquerque, NM 4/16
Dallas, TX 4/17
Houston, TX 4/19
New Orleans, LA 4/21    
Birmingham, AL 4/22
Pensacola, FL 4/23
Tallahassee, FL 4/24
Tampa, FL 4/24
On Saturday, April 27, The Quinton Aaron Foundation will host the "Celebrity Welcome Back Gala!"

To get more information about the tour, call for bookings, appearances or event schedule for each city, contact Joe Wynn, Director of the Quinton Aaron Foundation at (813) 484-4345, or email joe(at)quintonaaron(dot)org, or David Tyler, Executive Director of the Quinton Aaron Foundation at (727) 278-8586, or email david(at)quintonaaron(dot)org.

About The Quinton Aaron Foundation:
The Quinton Aaron Foundation, is a national 501(c)( 3) charity and was founded by Aaron in October 2012 to bring awareness to the issues of bullying and childhood obesity. The Foundation educates young children and teenagers by creating attention, awareness, support and solutions to the issues of bullying and childhood obesity. The Quinton Aaron Foundation looks to fill the gap between despair, reconciliation and healing.

Connect with Quinton Aaron and his foundation on Twitter @QuintonAaron, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/qaaron1, on YouTube at “Anti Bullying Quinton,” and on Instagram at QNTNAARON84.

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