X Games Shred Hate visits Colorado area schools
Shred Hate 2018
In the lead up to X Games Aspen 2018, "World of X Games" host Brandon Graham and ESPN on-air talent Victoria Arlen, visited Riverside Middle School in New Castle, Colorado and Rifle Middle School in Rifle, Colorado to visit with students in support of Shred Hate, ESPN and X Games bullying prevention program that aims to reduce bullying rates in Colorado and schools across the country.
Becoming a Shred Hate school
Shred Hate is a bullying prevention program 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.
Launched in 2017
ESPN launched Shred Hate in January 2017 at X Games Aspen, Colorado, and the program was able to reduce 94% of bullying cases in the Colorado schools that had the curriculum last year.
Home of the Vikings
Even the Riverside Middle School mascot was on board with the Shred Hate program.
Coming to X Games Aspen 2018
X Games will also host 300 students from seven schools in the Colorado area participating in the Shred Hate program for Shred Hate Kids' Day on Thursday, January 25. The students will arrive at Buttermilk Mountain at noon to watch the Special Olympics Unified Slalom event, explore X Fest, have a pizza party on the VIP chalet deck and hear from several athletes on the award stage about their experiences with bullying and how the kids can join the Shred Hate movement.
Message of the day
The message of the day was simple: Shred Hate.
Elements of Shred Hate will activate students to stand up to bullying with their peers as part of a national campaign, and will also include an intensive in-school curriculum for schools near X Games locations, as well as on-site bullying prevention information and activities at the Games.
The Shred Hate crowd
The crowd at Riverside Middle school on hand to discuss Shred Hate was huge.
Back in school
"Stoked to be back in middle school for the day," said X Games talent Brandon Graham. "Victoria Arlen and I had a great time speaking with some remarkable students at a couple of schools today."
X Games swag was definitely part of the day.
The Shred Hate crew poses at the end of the day.
"Weve all encountered bullying at some point in our lives," says X Games talent Victoria Arlen. "For me it was all throughout high school, kids tormented me for being different. I couldnt help the fact that I was wheelchair-bound and differently abled. And it made me ask this question over and over: "Why do we tear down people who are different instead of lifting them up and celebrating our differences?" Every day we have a choice to choose kindness!"