Introducing X Games Shred Hate
You've heard the insults. Maybe you've been on the receiving end, maybe you've witnessed the abuse, or maybe you're even the one who's shouted them. Bullying is immune to no one, and its effects are far reaching and highly damaging.
The fact is that 10 million total students are bullied each year in the U.S. Being a target of bullying has been found to have a range of negative impacts, including reduced self-esteem, depression and anxiety, and increased alcohol and drug use.
Sports can be both a cause and a refuge from bullying. Taunting and name calling on the field and in the locker room has long been a source of bullying. However, our athletes have said that action sports can be a positive avenue for athletes and youth who may not fit into "traditional" team sports. That's why X Games is working to take a stand against bullying and Shred Hate through a collaborative effort with some of the most innovative bullying prevention programs in the country.
X Games Shred Hate 2017
In 2017, 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 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.
The year-long Shred Hate campaign will officially kickoff in January with X Games Aspen 2017 and will continue through X Games Minneapolis in July and into the school year. Elements 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.
Ten million students are bullied each year in the U.S. We want to change that, which is why we launched Shred Hate, an initiative to end bullying in schools. We've teamed up with some game-changing nonprofits: No Bully, Crisis Text Line, GLSEN and DoSomething.org, to help us Shred Hate and spread kindness.
If you're being bullied or experiencing any other type of crisis (depression, anxiety, LGBTQ issues, eating disorders, etc.) you can get free, 24/7 support through text message. Just text Crisis Text Line at 741741.