SEATTLE—They thought they were filming a public service announcement with the Mariner Moose. But what one lucky group of students got was much more than that.
The setting: Safeco Field.
The plot: changing the game when it comes to bullying.
The characters: The Mariner Moose along with 7th and 8th graders from Highland Middle School in Bellevue, playing themselves.
They were the starts of the public service announcement. - Or so they thought. After a few missed cues by the Moose, the director realizes something was missing. SomeONE was missing.
The students turn and out from the dugout emerges M’s pitcher Felix Hernandez.
He joins the cast of the PSA. But the director decides he needs a little more help, and the narrative changes again. In walks Macklemore, to the screams from the group of 25 that rival a ballpark packed with fans.
After a series of selfies and pictures with the two stars, it’s back to work and back to the message of anti-bullying.
“This should be a world of positivity, a community of positivity,” said Macklemore, “where kids can be what they want to be, not be judged, dress how they want to dress, love who they want to love and just be who they are without anyone else’s scrutiny.”
The message behind change the game hits close to home for King Felix: “Anti-bullying as a father is very important because I want my kids to be safe.”
The middle schoolers who participated are taking an elective class and Highland Middle School that offers them opportunities to overcome barriers to college. Many of them will be the first in their families to go to college.
Students know they’re the best messengers when it comes to anti-bullying. For 7th grader Melissa Munoz, sharing the spotlight with the two stars is just icing on the cake.
“I feel like sharing it with the whole world because I mean it’s not only being with them, but it’s the message they helped us build today. It was amazing,” she said.
The “Change the Game” public service announcement comes out in a few weeks.