Ravens Left Guard Bradley Bozeman, Wife Nikki Host Charity Halloween Costume Party

Ravens Left Guard Bradley Bozeman, Wife Nikki Host Charity Halloween Costume Party

Ravens Left Guard Bradley Bozeman, Wife Nikki Host Charity Halloween Costume Party

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Dawn White, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5

Today, he’s a left guard for the Baltimore Ravens. But once upon a time, Bradley Bozeman was a target of bullying.

Bozeman and his wife, Nikki, plan a fundraiser later this month to raise awareness of childhood bullying.

“Cyber, in person, whatever it is. With kids these days it’s 24/7. They go to school, and they get bullied and picked on and picked at,” Bradley Bozeman said. “They go home and it’s still there. Kids are reaching out via social media, Snapchat, video games, whatever it is and still getting that constantly. It’s never-ending for them.”

Bradley Bozeman was bullied for his size.

“You see the end product now,” Bradley Bozeman said. “I’m 6′ 5.” Nikki is 6′ 1,” but as kids I looked like Augustus Gloop from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’ I was just a fat, chubby kid, and that’s where I got most of my bullying at. I was the fat kid. I was the easy target.”

Nikki Bozeman heard it for her height.

“A lot of it came from boys,” she said. “I think it was being so much taller. I was 5′ 10″ or 5′ 11″ in the fifth grade, so I was very tall. Just being that much taller than everyone else kind of put you as an easy target.”

They started the Bradley and Nikki Bozeman Foundation to raise awareness of the cause.

“When we go to schools, we preach about doing what you love. I’m basketball, and he’s football. It might be through music. It might be through your faith. Whatever is it, we just really push kids to dive into something that you love because that was our outlets,” Nikki Bozeman said.

The foundation is hosting its first event to help prevent bullying. The 21-and-over Halloween Costume Party is set for Oct. 29 from 7-10:30 p.m. at the Woodholme Country Club, 300 Woodholme Ave., in Pikesville.

Besides Bradley Bozeman, Ravens set to attend include quarterback Lamar Jackson, kicker Justin Tucker and tight end Hayden Hurst.

For more information on the event and to get tickets, click here.

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