Remember Sam Maden, the courageous 12-year-old Boston Red Sox fan we told you about last week who had gathered thousands of online signatures to convince his favorite team to record an anti-bullying video?
Well, hats off to Sam, because he just proved you're never too young to make a difference.
The Red Sox announced over the weekend that they would be the second pro sports team to record a video for the "It Gets Better" campaign that uses YouTube to send messages of support and encouragement to bullied gay youth.
And the Boston Globe writes that the Red Sox are happy to give young Sam all the credit for their decision:
“The Red Sox organization takes the issue of bullying seriously,” the team said in a statement yesterday released by spokeswoman Leah Tobin. “It is something that has touched many of us and those we love, and it is a growing problem in our community. We are proud of dedicated Red Sox fans like 12-year-old Sam Maden who have taken the courageous step of publicly standing up against bullying of LGBT youth.
The Red Sox aren't the only team standing up to bullies. After the San Francisco Giants released their own video last week, the Chicago Cubs announced over the weekend that they, too, would join the campaign.
And for those wondering why the Cubbies don't get their own blog post like the Giants and the Red Sox? It's simple: we're White Sox fans. (But we'll commend the Cubs just this once).