Link – #DamWorthIt Earns National Award

Good for them. Oregon State should be proud.

This year’s recipient of the Civic Leaders Award is Oregon State’s #DamWorthIt campaign, led by current men’s soccer student-athlete Nathan Braaten and former gymnast Taylor Ricci. #DamWorthIt is a campaign designed by Braaten and Ricci for student-athletes in order to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health through education and awareness.


Link – Sports world takes aim at mental health stigma — through authenticity.

I appreciate this statement by Michael Phelps as someone who has gotten help in the past for depression and other issues.

“For the longest time, I thought asking for help was a sign of weakness because that’s kind of what society teaches us,” Phelps says. “That’s especially true from an athlete’s perspective. If we ask for help, then we’re not this big macho athlete that people can look up to. Well, you know what? If someone wants to call me weak for asking for help, that’s their problem. Because I’m saving my own life.”

The other thing this article makes crystal clear is that even amid all the media attention, and pressure, as well as the social media feedback and talking heads discussion, world-famous athletes are still human beings like the rest of us. It’s sometimes a bit too easy to forget that. Being reminded that they too deal with depression and other mental health issues at similar rates to the rest of society may help us remember that while they may be immensely talented in one area, they are just people in the end.

Sometimes we need to be reminded of that.


Link – Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark | The Players’ Tribune

A great, honest, piece by former NHL goaltender Corey Hirsch about his mental health struggles. I appreciate the fact that he holds no punches about his struggles, his thoughts of suicide and why he didnt drive over that cliff at the last second.

Mostly, I’m glad Corey has a message of hope for others. Bravo!


Link – Wayne Rooney offers support to child sex abuse victims and urges others to call NSPCC helpline – Liverpool Echo

Good for him. This has been a difficult story across the UK, so for someone with Rooney’s stature within the game to come forward in support of those claiming to have been abused is no small thing.

It may not be getting as much attention in the US but believe me, this is a huge scandal rocking the foundation of the UK’s most popular sport more than anything the Sandusky trail did for college football.

Link – Blue Jackets notebook | Folignos donate $1 million to hospitals

The gift they’ve been given can never be repaid, Nick and Janelle Foligno said.
Thanks to surgeons and doctors at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus and Boston Children’s Hospital, Milana Foligno is a vibrant, soon-to-be 3-year-old girl with a bright future.
She squirmed and smiled Tuesday as the Folignos announced a $1 million donation — $500,000 for each hospital — during a news conference at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Having lived in Columbus for a number of years, I know of plenty of people who can attest to the amazing work that is done there for children. Having had a couple of kids in our own family spent quite a bit of time in other children’s hospitals, I can also attest that Nationwide isn’t the only children’s hospital doing amazing work. I’m glad the Folignos have a healthy daughter, and glad they are giving back to the hospitals so they can continue to do amazing things for other children.