X Games athletes show their skills at local schools while speaking out against bullying


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Top X Games athletes are sharing an important message with Kansas City high school students.

It’s all part of the national No Place for Hate campaign to put a stop to bullying.

The athletes stopped by Lincoln College Prep Academy today, one of four schools they are visiting in the metro area.

“I think they’re doing pretty good on teaching us how to react on bullying,” said Alonzo Byrd, one student.

“They want us to stop bullying all around the world, and make the world a better place,” added another student, Israel Randle.

Students grades 6-12 at Lincoln College Prep Academy got to watch athletes perform tricks while learning about an important message.

“We do that with action sports athletes, these guys are X Games medalists that you see on TV and magazines and all that stuff,” said Dustin Grice, with the ASA High School Tour.

The ASA High School tour sprinkles in statistics about bullying while the athletes perform.

“Subconsciously they’re listening, but they’re watching something they love and see on TV, versus trying to put them in a classroom and talk about it. It’s a whole different way to bring a message,” Grice added.

The 14-week tour has been going on for 17 years. They visit five schools a week.

“Being that they’re extreme sporters, this is a popular, new thing to our society. We have a lot of diverse kids and we feel like it reaches out to them as well,” said Steve Evans, the school principal.

Evans said this is a great way to get kids out of the classroom and get them really listening.

“We don’t feel like at Lincoln we have a major problem with bullying, but our kids go back to their home communities and neighborhoods and it is a problem throughout our society, and it’s a very important message for our students to be able to take with them, to share with somebody else as leaders in their community,” Evans said.

This program is free of charge and the goal is to reduce the negative effects of bullying, and educate students on ways to prevent bullying and get help if they have experienced or witnessed bullying.

“I think it’s important, because if someone is getting bullied then you want to know how to help them,” added Byrd.

“Some of these people might be their role models,” said Randle about the athletes.

32 schools across the metro already have a text-a-tip program in place that allows students to text about a variety of issues, including bullying.

It’s a way to remain anonymous and allow an adult to handle the situation. Lincoln College Prep Academy is currently working to get this program.

Original article HERE.