The Toronto Raptors are in Halifax for training camp this weekend and one star brought his anti-bullying message to local students.

Former player Jerome "Junk Yard Dog" Williams pumped up the pupils at Fairview Junior High, but also carried a serious message.

“I was bullied in school,” he told the students. “At some point in your life, we all look at ourselves and we don't necessarily like everything that we see in ourselves.”

One of the things he was mocked for was being too short.

“I was bullied because I was too skinny. I was bullied because I wasn't tall enough. I was bullied because my teeth weren't straight enough,” he said.

Williams told the kids they can shrug off bullies with an iron will.

“One thing that helped me was reaching my goals and my dreams,” he said.

The Raptors are warming up for the NBA season at the Metro Centre, but all practices are closed to the public. The season begins at the end of the month.