Quinton Aaron (Star of The Blind Side) and Eric Martinez are dedicated to advocating for the fight against bullying. Their mission is to provide hope, encouragement, confidence and resources to children on the brink of suicide or battling the damaging effects on self-esteem and confidence caused by the actions or words of others.
Together they created the “I got your back” campaign which is dedicated to eradicating bullying…..or at least bringing it to the attention of kids, parents, and schools across America. I got your back is about empowering kids and parents to be brave enough to acknowledge that their child is being bullied and help them find the courage to change their future.
Join our lively conversation where Quinton and Eric talk about their own childhood experiences with being bullied and how their willingness to share those experiences with other kids gives these children the confidence to speak up.
Quinton Aaron is best known for his portrayal of Michael Oher, aka Big Mike, alongside Oscar Winner Sandra Bullock, in the Academy Award Winning hit movie, The Blind Side, which has grossed over $300 million in U.S. box office alone. Last year he starred with Susan Sarandon and Sharon Stone in the film Mothers and Daughters
In addition to acting, Quinton is dedicated to advocating for the fight against bullying. He began The Quinton Aaron Foundation whose mission is to provide hope, encouragement, confidence and resources to children on the brink of suicide or battling the damaging effects on self-esteem and confidence caused by the actions or words of others.
The Quinton Aaron Foundation supports anti-bullying efforts to reduce serious and life-threatening effects bullying has on kids and teens at school and in the community.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time.
Eric Martinez is an actor/motivational speaker from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Over the past few years, he has become one of the most recognizable faces in the entertainment industry. Eric Martinez has had tremendous success in landing roles in several film, television, and commercial projects. His recent work includes roles in “Love Lies Bleeding” with Christian Slater, “Ghost of Mars” with Ice Cube, Jason’s Letter with Vivica Fox, Justice with Stephan Lang, Brothers of Justice with Danny Trejo.
Eric is currently booked all over the country for speaking engagements about bullying encouraging not just children but adults to take a stand and not be afraid to say something. Eric’s new book Relentless is due out 2018.
With Eric’s unrelenting charitable work with various organizations including, We’re Kickin It Against Bullying, Autism, Viva En Forma, Swann Enterprises, Fathers 4 Daughters and Sons Foundation, and U Got a Friend Foundation, he is quickly making a mark in the industry and in the state by creating opportunities and awareness for the youth of New Mexico. Eric has become a spokesperson for The Crisis Center of New Mexico to promote awareness of domestic abuse and has plans to expand his outreach and opportunities. He was recently interviewed on CNN’s Local Edition HLN Network in a segment entitled “Celebrities with a Cause”. The interview reached millions as it was replayed every hour on the hour for 3 weeks to discuss his career and involvement in various charity organizations.
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