Shred Hate visits Aspen High School
Shred Hate lands in Aspen
ESPN and X Games have teamed up with some of the most innovative bullying prevention programs in the country -- No Bully, GLSEN, DoSomething.org and Crisis Text Line -- to launch the X Games Shred Hate campaign. The new initiative aims to tangibly reduce bullying rates in the X Games communities of Colorado and Minnesota, and for X Games fans worldwide. On Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Aspen High School, X Games host Jack Mitrani, along with X Games Ski SuperPipe competitors Torin Yater-Wallace and Alex Ferreira, helped Shred Hate.
Lunch time in Aspen
"I'm beyond excited to be involved with such an inspiring and positive campaign," said Jack Mitrani, X Games host and snowboarder.
All the better
Ten million students are bullied each year in the U.S. X Games wants to help change that, which is why Shred Hate was launched. It's an initiative to end bullying in schools, and if Aspen High School alumni such as Torin Yater-Wallace and Alex Ferreira are on hand to promote the cause, all the better.
X Games host Jack Mitrani brings the students of Aspen High School together for the ultimate selfie to Shred Hate.
"There really is so much potential with this program, and it is an honor to be working alongside my favorite action sports athletes as well as the X Games platform to collaboratively make a positive impact in Colorado, Minnesota and across the country," says Jack Mitrani, X Games host and snowboarder.
Straight from therapy
X Games Ski SuperPipe competitor Alex Ferreira came straight from cryo therapy to visit his former high school to discuss the finer aspects of the Shred Hate campaign.
Shred Hate supporter
Torin Yater-Wallace is one of the most talented SuperPipe skiers the discipline has seen. He returns to X Games Aspen in 2017 after taking home a gold medal at X Games Oslo for SuperPipe. Yater-Wallace is known for winning four X Games medals, including gold, by age 18. He missed X Games Aspen 2015 due to injury but returned in 2016 to compete in his hometown for his seventh X Games appearance. He's also a supporter of Shred Hate.
Jack of all trades
He's an X Games host, an expert snowboarder and guitar player, and down to spread the message of Shred Hate across the U.S. He's Jack Mitrani.
ESPN is working with the ground-breaking organization No Bully, which will provide an enriched bullying prevention curriculum to schools. Within this program, school leaders are coached on how to lead culture change on their campus and sustain a learning environment where all students are included. No Bully also engages parents, guardians and civic leadership to ensure a community-centric approach to bullying prevention.
"Action sports can be a positive avenue for athletes and youth whose individuality may not fit into 'traditional' team sports," said Kevin Martinez, vice president of ESPN Corporate Citizenship. "In that regard, ESPN has used its X Games platform to launch Shred Hate to help students choose kindness and reach them no matter what stage they might be in -- to prevent bullying from happening, to help those already affected and reach those who are in a state of crisis."
X Games Shred Hate will work with several other programs to create change nationwide, including Crisis Text Line to ensure that people have an outlet if they're in crisis by texting BULLY to 741741. Additionally, as part of the campaign, DoSomething.org will encourage its 5 million members to write a negative story, phrase or idea that they want to overcome on a large piece of paper and then shred it by running through it as if they're crossing a finish line. Photos will be posted and shared on social media to show their peers that they're taking a stand against bullying. X Games fans also will have an opportunity to get engaged onsite, with interactive Shred Hate programming connecting young people to important resources and information.