Suicide Among College Athletes is Contagious, And Here is Why.

Suicide among college athletes is contagious, and there must be an immediate call to action. If there has ever been a time to call for a state of emergency in college athletics, it is now. When I share articles about a star collegiate athlete dying by suicide, with a caption, “…and another,” there must be immediate and aggressive action. In March, Stanford University soccer goalkeeper Katie Meyer, who helped win the 2019 NCAA women’s soccer championship for her school, took her own life. This past weekend, the suicide of University of Wisconsin track star Sarah Shulze was announced. Yesterday, Lauren Bernett, a key member ofRead More →

A Senior’s Goodbye: Inside the Mind of a “Larger-than-Life, Fierce Competitor.”

There is nothing better or more satiating than victory. The unmistakeable traits that separate collegiate student-athletes from others is their fierce competitiveness, determination, and refusal to accept anything less than their best on the field, court, or track. Of course, in addition to these characteristics, it must also take a tremendous amount of dedication and commitment to a sport.  Starting at a young age, competitive sports demand intense training multiple times a week, with games or competitions heaped on top. In some cases, families commute long distances to provide the opportunity for their child to play at such high levels of a sport. When itRead More →

Have you ever had to quit or walk away from something that you committed to because of your mental health? A time that you had to actually acknowledge you had a problem, and then admit it to those relying on you to fulfill an obligation? Admittedly, I have, and it was crushing, demoralizing, and humiliating. The situation I faced seems minuscule to that of Naomi Osaka—a tennis great who withdrew from the French Open and revealed that she has experienced depression and anxiety since winning her first major at the 2018 US Open. Quitting was never an option for me. I had always persevered, pushedRead More →

Every kid dreams of being a collegiate athlete. Every parent dreams that a scholarship is offered. But not everyone knows the emotional toll that comes with being a college athlete. If we continue to view this life through rose colored glasses, then stories like this will continue to happen. The pressure these kids feel to succeed in their sport, classroom, and socially can be incredibly overwhelming, and rightfully so. I was a college athlete, who accepted a full-ride scholarship to a power 5 school. Trust me, I wish I was telling you this to brag. But, I’m not. I’m sharing with you all who dreamRead More →