Get to know X Games Shred Hate

Bryce Kanights

In 2017, ESPN and X Games have teamed up with some of the most innovative bullying prevention programs in the country -- No Bully, GLSEN, and Crisis Text Line -- to launch the X Games Shred Hate campaign. The new initiative aims to tangibly reduce bullying rates in our X Games communities of Colorado and Minnesota, and for X Games fans worldwide. The campaign is being supported by X Games athletes, who will be part of X Games Minneapolis 2017.

What is Shred Hate?
Shred Hate is a bullying prevention program from ESPN, MLB and X Games that is stopping bullying and encouraging kids to choose kindness. As part of the program, No Bully, a nonprofit that trains schools how to activate student compassion to eradicate bullying and cyberbullying, works directly with local school districts and cooperating schools through its innovative curriculum.

Shred Hate will be active during the 2017-2018 academic year in schools within three MLB markets - Chicago, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C., as well as Colorado, home of the 2018 Winter X Games, and will expand to additional cities in subsequent years.

Why are ESPN and X Games involved in bullying prevention?
More than 1 in 3 students between the ages of 13 and 15 experience bullying on a regular basis worldwide. We know that sports can be both a cause and a refuge from bullying, and action sports can be a positive avenue for athletes and youth whose individuality may not fit into "traditional" team sports. ESPN and X Games launched Shred Hate in an effort to help curb this epidemic.

How can I get involved?

Students: Tell us how you're helping to stop bullying! "Share Your Shred" using #ShredHate

Teachers/Schools: The No Bully System® has proven to remedy 90% of all bullying cases in the schools where it's been implemented. To learn more about getting the No Bully system as part of your school, visit the No Bully site or call 415-767-0070.

What is the No Bully System?
The No Bully System is a set of interventions to prevent and stop bullying and cyberbullying in school and after-school programs. The school leadership team receives coaching how to lead school culture change. No Bully staff trainings motivate and teach school faculty how to interrupt and stop student bullying, and parents are trained to support the school's anti-bullying initiative.

LEVEL 1: Prevent & build an inclusive school culture
The school joins with parents to prevent student bullying by building a culture where every student is accepted for who they are.

LEVEL 2: Interrupt and refer to a Solution Coach
All teachers and staff interrupt student disrespect and aggression and refer ongoing incidents of bullying or harassment to a trained school Solution Coach.

LEVEL 3: Hold a Solution Team and follow up
The Solution Coach convenes a Solution Team of students to bring the bullying to an end and follows up with students stuck in the role of bully or target.

LEVEL 4: Implement an empathy-building action plan
If a pattern of intolerance is apparent across the entire class or grade, the Solution Coach implements a plan to create a culture of acceptance.

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