On Jan. 21, Hannah Rad of the X Games, staff from ESPN and No Bully began the day at Basalt High School, where students of the Shred Hate program celebrated the bullying prevention training the school has been implementing throughout the year. Rad was able to bring the students to their feet as she shared encouraging messages on the importance of being kind to one another.
Following the morning assembly, Rad and team traveled to Basalt Middle School to keep the Shred Hate celebrations going. During the assembly, Hannah was able to share her own personal experience with bullying, which helped students understand that bullying can happen to anyone, regardless of who you are or where you come from.
Two days later on Jan. 23, the Shred Hate program traveled 1,900 miles east to the Hopkinson School in Philadelphia where over 400 elementary students received a surprise visit from Philadelphia Phillies star Aaron Nola, Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy and the mascot, Phillie Phanatic. Nola and the Phillies staff encouraged kids to respect one another and to make as many friends as you can. After the assembly, students and teachers along with ESPN, MLB, and the Phillies staff all signed a giant Shred Hate banner to pledge their support in shredding hate and choosing kindness.
Finally, on Jan. 25, the Shred Hate program hosted its final assembly of the week back in Colorado, but this time at Buttermilk Mountain, home of the 2019 Winter X Games. X Games hosted nearly 200 students from schools in the Colorado markets participating in Shred Hate program. Students had the opportunity to watch some of the X Games competitions, tour the venue and have lunch before they attended a Shred Hate program hosted by X Games athletes and talent. Hannah Rad, Brandan Graham, Jack Mitrani and athletes Gus Kenworthy, Maddie Mastro and Mike Schultz, shared their experiences with bullying and encouraged students to join the Shred Hate movement.
Shred Hate also was represented throughout X Games Aspen 2019, including on signage, athlete bibs and featured on the telecast, with PSAs from athletes including Chloe Kim and Gus Kenworthy. Additionally, X Fest hosted a Shred Hate booth where fans took photos and shared their pledge to Shred Hate.
ESPN launched Shred Hate in January 2017 at X Games Aspen, Colo. Since that time, 20 Colorado schools have gone through the Shred Hate program, with 755 teachers and staff trained in bullying prevention, impacting over 11,000 students. More than 88,000 students have been impacted with Shred Hate resources nationwide. Learn more at www.ShredHate.org.