More than 350 youth from three Chicago-area schools participated in their first ever Shred Hate Day with the Chicago Cubs on April 30. Thanks to a unique partnership with ESPN, MLB and the X Games, the No Bully system has been placed in 18 schools in Chicago, including the three participating schools who attended the baseball game.
The three sponsors held an assembly at Prosser Career Academy a few hours prior to the baseball game to congratulate the school on its ongoing anti-bullying efforts and shared messages and tips for how to maintain a "choose kindness" approach. The assembly was moderated by ESPN baseball analyst Eduardo Perez, a former major league baseball player for more than 14 seasons.
Speakers also included Billy Bean, a former major league baseball player who came out as gay after retiring from the sport in 1995 and now works as a special assistant to the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Skateboarder Jordyn Barratt, two-times X Games medalist, also attended the assembly and noted how she was bullied for being a girl in a male-dominated sport.
The Shred Hate partnership began in 2017 and more than 25,000 students across 42 schools participated in Shred Hate programming in the 2017-18 school year in Chicago, Colorado, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C.