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More MLB Teams Join Shred Hate Initiative Meant To Prevent Bullying

MLB, ESPN and the X Games announced four teams -- the A's, Mets, Yankees and Red Sox -- have been added to the Shred Hate initiative, a multi-faceted bullying prevention program. Select schools in Boston, N.Y. and Oakland join select schools in Bristol, Conn., L.A. and Pittsburgh -- as well as multiple cities in Colorado and Minnesota -- to implement the No Bully methodology for the '19-20 academic year. Billy Bean, MLB VP and Special Assistant to Commissioner Rob Manfred, said 13 MLB teams now participate in the initiative. ESPN launched the Shred Hate initiative in January '17 at X Games Aspen and has since reached nearly 90,000 students. No Bully, a nonprofit that trains schools on how to use student compassion to eradicate bullying and cyberbullying, will work directly with school districts. "It's not just a checklist program; there is a substantial curriculum where we really challenge the schools to make a commitment to creating an environment called a bully-free zone, where students are choosing kindness and shredding hate," Bean said. "We've have just found some incredible statistics where we've seen tremendous remediation in instances from one year to the next and huge attendance increases. We're super proud. Every team that has agree to be a participant has really stepped up and uniquely modified the program in a way that characterized their history, their brand and focused on things that mattered in their community."