COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team is slated to host a Think Pink match this weekend and will be one of five Purple Knight programs to pair with the student-run Hope Happens Here for a Mental Health Awareness event in October.
Women's tennis hosts Le Moyne College on Sunday at 12 p.m. for its Think Pink match, as the Purple and Gold student-athletes will have special pink warm-up jerseys and pink racquet grips to display their solidarity in the fight against cancer. In particular, pink is associated with breast cancer awareness. Fans and friends are asked to support the cause, with all funds raised on Sunday benefiting the Cancer Patient Support Program at the University of Vermont Medical Center.
Now in its third school year as a campus organization, Hope Happens Here (HHH) will hold its first programming of 2017-18 on Oct. 7, when three teams host Mental Health Awareness Games. Field hockey and women's soccer take to Duffy Field at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively, while women's volleyball plays in the Ross Sports Center at 1 p.m. Women's tennis holds its event on Oct. 11, and men's soccer participates on Oct. 21. Each team will wear special warm-ups, while HHH will be on hand to continue its work in the realm of mental health awareness.
A group established in 2015-16 under the direction of men's ice hockey alumni Danny Divis '17 and Justin McKenzie '17, HHH promotes mental health awareness and mental well-being among college students, in particular student-athletes. The group has held awareness events the last two years, including at various athletic contests, and helped organize the Pie A Purple Knight fundraiser the past two springs. Due greatly in part to their work with HHH, Divis and McKenzie shared the 2017 Hockey Humanitarian Award. Visit hopehappenshere.co for more information.
With the duo having graduated, a new student-athlete leadership board is overseeing campus initiatives this year: men's ice hockey junior Patrick Doherty (Tewksbury, Mass./Middlesex Black Bears), men's lacrosse senior Jake Sonberg (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin), men's soccer seniors Adrián Díaz (Santiago de Compostela, Spain/Vermont Academy) and Peter Kendall (Springfield, Vt./Springfield), women's lacrosse junior Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) and women's soccer senior Andie Devaney (Tolland, Conn./Tolland).