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3 Things To Know About George Springer And ESPN’s #SHREDHATE Campaign

Astros star, 2017 World Series MVP, tells compelling story about bullying

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Houston Astros slugger George Springer has come a long way. The 2017 World Series MVP was bullied as a youngster because of a stutter, but he credits baseball and sports for helping him rise above this adversity. Now Springer is giving back.

This postseason, ESPN and X Games have teamed up with Major League Baseball to encourage fans to Shred Hate and choose kindness. As part of its Shred Hate bullying prevention program, ESPN has created a new public service announcement chronicling Springer’s experience with bullying. It debuts on ESPN and MLB platforms during National Bullying Prevention Month in October.

Stand-Up Triple
  • While Springer plays for the Astros, he is a hometown hero for ESPN, having grown up in New Britain, Conn., just down the road from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol. He attended Avon (Conn.) Old Farms School and UConn.
  • Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, a teammate of Springer, squared off against Red Sox slugger Mookie Betts on Saturday during Game 1 of the ALCS, but they are rallying together to stop bullying in an another featured Shred Hate PSA this month, titled “Join Our Team.
  • By the end of this school year, Shred Hate will have provided more than 88,000 kids across the country and 10,000 teachers with tools to stop bullying.