*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***
ESPN, X GAMES and MLB Together with Rangers Pitcher Adrian Sampson and Former Texas Ranger Mark McLemore to Host Shred Hate School Assembly Tuesday, May 21st
MLB’s Billy Bean and X Games Commentator Jimmy Coleman to Talk to Kids about Bullying Prevention and Choosing Kindness
L.G. Pinkston High School in Dallas will play host as Ranger’s pitcher Adrian Sampson and former Texas Rangers Mark McLemore join ESPN, MLB and X Games for a school assembly on Tuesday, May 21, in support of Shred Hate, a bullying prevention program that aims to reduce bullying rates in Texas and schools across the country. MLB’s vice president and special assistant to the commissioner Billy Bean and X Games commentator Jimmy Coleman and Rangers will join the assembly and address Pinkston students in grades 10-11 in celebration of the training students have received in cooperation with nonprofit partner No Bully.
Later that evening, the Rangers will host students from all 18 schools in the Dallas area that participate in the Shred Hate program as well as student-athletes from the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy.
Shred Hate is a bullying prevention program that has proven to dramatically reduce incidents of bullying in schools while 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 evidence-based training.
The assembly will encourage students to continue to prevent bullying in their school in the hopes of creating a positive and motivational atmosphere. The goal of the day will to celebrate the students’ progress with Shred Hate, while also sharing messages and tips on how they can continue to “choose kindness” throughout their school experience.
ESPN launched Shred Hate in January 2017 at X Games Aspen, Colo. and expanded the program into Dallas and seven other markets (Chicago, Bristol- CT, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington D.C.). Since that time, 18 Texas schools have adopted the Shred Hate program, including L.G. Pinkston, with 1,000 teachers and staff trained in bullying prevention, impacting more than 23,900 students. Overall Shred Hate resources have impacted nearly 90,000 students nationwide.
Billy Bean, Vice President and Special Assistant to the Commissioner, MLB; Former Major League Outfielder
Jimmy Coleman – X Games Commentator
Karin Morris– Vice President, Community Outreach, Texas Rangers; executive director, Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation
Robb Stites, ESPN/MLB Account Manager, No Bully
Will McCoy, No Bully CEO
WHEN: Tuesday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. CT
WHERE: L.G. Pinkston High School Gymnasium
2200 Dennison St.
Dallas, Texas 75212
Members of the press are invited to attend the assembly to speak with Rangers Billy Bean and Jimmy Coleman X Games talent, students and school administrators and are asked to confirm in advance with Belen Michelis, [email protected] and John Blake, Texas Rangers, [email protected]
MORE: For more information, please visit www.ShredHate.org
Belen Michelis, ESPN Communications, [email protected] 860-766-1425
Olivia Wilson, ESPN X Games, [email protected], 213-405-4145
Grace Coryell, ESPN X Games, [email protected], 213-405-4402
Kerline Batista, Major League Baseball, [email protected], 929-494-4882,
Rob Stites, No Bully, [email protected], 707-287-0544
John Blake, Texas Rangers, [email protected], 817-273-5208