COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College chapter of student-athlete-run Hope Happens Here (HHH) has rolled out its schedule for Mental Health Awareness Week next week, which includes two special speakers and four Mental Health Awareness home events for Purple Knight Athletics teams.
Among the special guests is Vermont professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce. "Crash Reel", a movie about Pearce suffering a traumatic brain injury while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics, will be shown in Cheray 101 next Tuesday at 7 p.m., and Pearce will speak about not only his comeback story but how traumatic brain injuries affect mental health on Wednesday in the Ross Sports Center at 7 p.m.
Next Thursday, Dr. Lydia Bell will use NCAA data to discuss mental health and well-being of today's students as part of an interactive presentation in the Dion Student Center's Roy Room at 7 p.m. Dr. Bell is the NCAA's Associate Director of Research for Academic Performance. She assists in all aspects of development and analysis of research on current and former student-athlete academic performance and well-being for the NCAA, and frequently collaborates with the NCAA Sport Science Institute on their student-athlete well-being and mental health initiatives.
HHH will hold You Are Loved Day around its home venues next Saturday, when the organization will help spread mental health awareness while tabling and providing food at four home events. On Duffy Field, men's soccer faces Stonehill College at 11 a.m. before women's soccer plays Southern New Hampshire University at 2 p.m. Women's tennis also opposes the Penmen on the SMC Tennis Courts at 12 p.m., while women's volleyball takes on Le Moyne College in the Ross Sports Center at 1 p.m. Teams will wear special warm-up T-shirts at their events, while HHH is holding 50/50 raffles that day. The free food is being provided thanks to funding from the Student Government Association. Field hockey, which is on the road next Saturday, is slated to host its Mental Health Awareness Game on Oct. 20 when it hosts Pace University at 12 p.m.
Nine student-athletes comprise HHH's executive board for the 2018-19 school year, with men's ice hockey senior Patrick Doherty (Tewksbury, Mass./Middlesex Black Bears) and women's lacrosse senior Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) serving as co-chairs. Women's ice hockey senior Brenna Galvin (Dorchester, Mass./Boston Latin School) and women's lacrosse sophomore Ashley Turner (Monkton, Vt./Mount Abraham Union) are charged with social media/marketing efforts, while field hockey senior Maddy Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) and women's ice hockey sophomore Alyssa Cimino (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) are event coordinators. Women's ice hockey junior Arianna Boscia (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy) and women's soccer junior Madeleine Morse (Brownsville, Vt./Windsor) handle merchandising, while men's ice hockey sophomore Brandon Mitchell (North Scituate, R.I./Pomfret School) is the financial coordinator.
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 three years, including at various athletic contests, and helped organize the Pie A Purple Knight fundraiser the past three springs. Visit hopehappenshere.co for more information.