Girl Power: Madison Keys Hosts Anti-Bullying Assembly

Nov 17, 2017

2017 U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys returned home Friday to host an anti-bullying assembly at Augustana College in partnership with the non-profit organization FearlesslyGiRL.

It was live streamed to 7,000 girls across the United States.

"I feel like we just made the world a little bit better today," Keys said. "Even if it's just 'girl world,' we made it a little bit better today and that was the whole point behind this."

Last year, Keys held her first FearlesslyGiRL summit at Rock Island High School. And at Friday's assembly, she met some of the students from the school's new women's empowerment group, the Rocky Riveters.

"To see that we made an impact there, that just makes it that much better. I'm tearing up thinking about it and I'm just really proud to be a part of this."

At the assembly, Keys shared her own experiences receiving hateful and threatening messages on social media. And she feels a responsibility to highlight the bullying that girls go through and help them overcome it.