The NoBull Guys
Getting involved in the Great American NO BULL Challenge was one of the best decisions we have ever made in our lives. Growing up in a small town, attending a small school, and being a normal high school athlete, we quickly became globally known as “The NO BULL Guys” (thenobullguys.com) this is our story: 3.2 Million. That is the number of students who are victims of bullying per year. If you saw someone being bullied, would you take a stand to stop it? If you were to ask us that question three years ago, we would’ve said absolutely not, if you ask us that question today, we would say without a doubt. Sept. 18, 2011, a young boy named Jamey took his own life because of bullying; this tragic event lit a spark inside of us to do everything in our power to alleviate this epidemic. Together we (Scott Hannah and Tyler Gregory) embarked on one of the most incredible, rewarding, and inspiring journey we could have ever imagined. At the age of 16, we were never one to speak our opinions, we would always just observe. Observe people’s actions, reactions, and behaviors. When we heard about the suicide of this young boy, we realized maybe it was time to stop observing and time to start acting. Using all the observations gathered over the years, we started a kindness movement in our school. We wanted teens to use their words to build each other up, than tear each other down. We did this by having students write anonymous compliments about other students and we put them on display for the whole school to see, which turned out a big success. Shortly after we started this movement, we heard about The Great American NO BULL Challenge. Little did we know that this discovery would change our lives forever. The NO BULL Challenge is an anti-bullying/digital responsibility video contest. We thought that making a video would be an awesome way to stand up to bullying. We were not putting ourselves in danger by actually standing up to a bully, but we were making a video and letting our peers take away what they would from it. After getting together with 50 students, we filmed and put together an inspirational video with an original song. We did an assembly for our school, premiering our video and the response was mind blowing. We had victims coming up to us with tears in their eyes, bullies coming to us telling us that they were sick to their stomach because of the guilt they felt, and bystanders telling us they were ready to take action. Did standing up to bullying, something we didn’t really consider a priority because we didn’t want to waste time, actually work? Apparently so, because other schools started contacting us asking us to do our assembly at their school. All while this was happening, we found out that our video made it as a finalist for The NO BULL Challenge out of 270 videos, which meant we would get to fly to San Francisco to attend their annual Teen Video Awards. At the awards, we walked the red carpet, met some of our favorite artists, and we won The Shining Star award for our hard work and dedication to standing up and going above and beyond. Shortly after getting back from California, we were invited to represent National 4-H at the 2012 Federal Partners in Bullying Summit in Washington D.C., this led us to being asked to be National Spokespeople for The Great American NO BULL Challenge. This was a dream come true because we could continue to go around and speak and inspire other students to follow in our footsteps all while helping the non-profit organization that made our work possible. Before we knew it, we were traveling all over the United States speaking at schools and conferences inspiring teens to take a stand. We have spoken to 35,000 teens in the past year and have helped start no bull clubs in schools. NO BULL has truly impacted us to become leaders that students would look up to. We have become a lot more confident, out-going, and more aware about life since we joined NO BULL. Right when we thought we were on top of the world changing lives, we were featured on The TODAY Show and they wanted to share our story. It was an amazing feeling being able to share our story in front of millions of people. Shortly after, we became guests on The Steve Harvey Talk show! We have been able to work on anti-bullying initiatives with Cartoon Network, the government, and national organizations. What started as a small project in our school, evolved into something that was getting national attention and had no intent of slowing down. This is when we realized that one person really can make a difference. Our journey taking off, being spokespeople for NO BULL, we were able to help plan the 2013 Teen Video Awards and NO BULL Challenge. The 2013 NO BULL Teen Video Awards was fantastic! This year it was held in Los Angeles, California with celebrities from Pretty Little Liars, Glee, and Disney Channel shows attending to celebrate with the top 15 nominees who were standing up to bullying in their communities. We were able to see LIVE at the awards who the top teen winners were for the NO BULL video contest! The first time that we heard someone tell us that if it weren’t for us coming to speak at their school, they wouldn’t be alive today was the moment that we realized that this is what we are love doing. We continue to travel the globe speaking and inspiring teens to stand up and make videos for The NO BULL Challenge. NO BULL has not only changed thousands of lives, but it changed ours forever. Today we are continuing our adventure.