Felix & Macklemore #ChangeTheGame
Mariners ace pitcher Felix Hernandez and Grammy-winning recording artist Macklemore teamed up at Safeco Field to surprise a group of students from Bellevue’s Highland Middle School and launch an anti-bullying campaign.
The students gathered at the ballpark for what they thought was a public service announcement taping with the Mariner Moose. The students were in for more than a little surprise when the Moose was suddenly recast with the two Seattle superstars.
Felix and Macklemore are two individuals who are not afraid to stand up, stand out and celebrate their individuality. In the PSA, they ask students to “be kind, stay positive, and support each other,” and to sign an anti-bullying pledge. The PSA ends with the line, “Together, we can change the game.” The 30-second PSA will be distributed to radio and TV stations throughout Western Washington.
“Everyone deserves to feel safe at their school. I hope kids will hear our message and treat each other with respect and kindness,” said Hernandez.
“It’s an honor to be working with the Mariners and Felix Hernandez to help spread a message of individuality to our area schools. We hope to encourage our youth to feel free to be themselves and to take care of each other along the way,” said Macklemore.
The campaign also consists of an education component for Seattle-area middle schools with posters and activity guides for teachers, as well as online resources at mariners.com/changethegame to provide students, teachers and parents tools to help address the issue of bullying in schools. Parents can help their children complete the activities and take the anti-bullying pledge to be entered into a contest to meet Hernandez and Macklemore prior to the Seattle Mariners vs. New York Yankees game on Thursday, June 12, which is Macklemore Bobblehead Night at Safeco Field.