PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Hundreds of school children got a visit from the Suns Gorilla, along with free Suns tickets. It's all part of an event promoting kindness and positive behavior.
The Suns Gorilla strutted his stuff at Ironwood Elementary School, more than 600 students attended an event held by "The Be Kind People Project."
The activities are designed to teach children how to form healthy relationships, accept responsibility for one's self, and be kind to one another. It's an effort to keep kids from resorting to bullying behaviors.
"We are a youth development and character development program, and kids hear bully and bully all the time, we give the same message, but we give it to them in a positive way," said Bo Whittington.
They say the project gives kids the chance to learn what to do, instead of focusing on what not to do.
"Instead of saying don't do this, we say this; be kind, be considerate, be a friend, be responsible, be respectful, be honest," said Whittington.
The Suns Gorilla handed out more than 600 tickets to students and staff so they can see the Suns take on the Spurs Sunday afternoon at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
They're asking kids to pledge to be helpful, honest, respectful, and thankful; that's not bad advice coming from a gorilla.
The project has received a grant from Phoenix Suns Charities to make these kinds of events possible.