Hampton commit receives McDonald’s All-American nomination

Amber Anderson | Staff Writer

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The vision is clear and bright for Hampton University commit Victoria Davis, as she is one step closer to becoming a McDonald’s All-American athlete. Davis is living out a dream of many high school athletes. Along with more than 900 other high school basketball players across the country, she has been nominated for the McDonald’s All-American Game. 

The McDonald’s All-American Game has maintained a reputation for a difficult selective process. The names of the athletes have to be submitted and approved by a wide variety of judges. They include high school coaches, high school athletic directors, high school principals and McDonald’s All-American Games Selection Committee Members. What surprises people the most is there isn’t a set number on the amount of the nominees throughout the country.  

Once the voting committees cast their vote, 24 young women will have the opportunity to become a McDonald’s All-American. If selected, she will be playing with some of the best of the best on April 1 at the Toyota Center in Houston. 

Hampton students are excited to have Davis be a part of the Hampton family next season. Lanece Carpenter, a first-year player, believes that Davis could play a huge role in helping to make Hampton’s Lady Pirates basketball team a notable name. 

“Having an All-American girl play for Hampton will be a great achievement for Hampton, especially with the recruitment process,” Carpenter said. “It’ll help in putting Hampton on the map, considering the recent transition to the Big South Conference and allow the university to begin to dominate the conference in multiple sports.” 

  Not only is she one step closer to becoming an All-American athlete, but she is on her way to becoming a 6A state champion again with her teammates at Hamilton high school in Chandler, Arizona. 

Davis believes that it’s a team effort in order to find success. In an interview last month with the East Valley Tribune, Davis spoke about how she and her teammates have a clear understanding of what they need to do in order to win another state championship. 

“We lost a few seniors that had a big role, so it’s more stepping up to the plate, taking their position and still leading the team to state,” Davis said. “We know we still have most of the same people, and we know we can do it, it’s just doing the right things to get there.”

With her current mindset focused on hard work, there is little doubt about whether Davis succeeds as a Lady Pirate.

Pirates are the new fastest kids on the block

Nazim Trammell-Wells | Staff Writer

After winning the Big South Conference Championship in both indoor and outdoor track and field, the Pirates athletic team was finally awarded their rings Jan. 23.

Since joining the Big South, it is no secret that some of Hampton’s athletic programs have had some growing pains. The program that has made the move almost flawlessly has been the HU track and field team. Track and field last year made a clean sweep, winning both indoor and outdoor track seasons in their first Big South season. Now, their aim is to repeat what they did last year.

Repeating is no easy task. Anyone who has ever played a sport knows that. Does Hampton have what is takes? When asked this, All-Conference Hampton hurdler Autumn Smith had plenty to say.  

“I think we can definitely repeat in winning both indoor and outdoor,” Smith said. “I think we all have individual talent, and it’s still super early, but once we learn how to put all the talent we share together, we’ll get it done. Especially for us seniors, this is our last go-round, so we’ve got to go out with a bang.”  

Hurdler Isaiah Norris also weighed on the current status of the team, saying, “I absolutely think we can win again. Even though some of our talented seniors from last year graduated, we’ve recruited some unbelievable freshmen with great potential. They seem up to the challenge when it comes to filling the shoes of the seniors. With that being said we also have multiple athletes who have a broad skill set and can do multiple events.”

A confident but justified group of leaders form this year’s team. Watching the team at the CNU track meet in the beginning of the year, observers could see the team’s domination over other programs. 

Even though the transition over to the Big South looked smooth, the athletes said it wasn’t all peaches and cream, and it wasn’t even 100 percent because of actual performance. 

  “Transitioning into the Big South was overall pretty smooth,” Norris said. “I’d say the only negativity we heard was from other HBCU supporters who were disappointed that HU left the MEAC. But the team wasn’t fazed at all.” 

When asked about the transition, Smith actually described it as exciting. 

“I wouldn’t necessarily say it was a smooth transition, but it also wasn’t a difficult one,” Smith said. “We all get out there and do what we need to do. There are areas we knew of beforehand we would struggle with, but I think we handle them well as a team.” 

It’s no secret that this team may have weaknesses, but it thrives with its strengths. It will be exciting to see if this year’s team can bring some more rings back to HU.

Chiefs rally for their first Super Bowl title in 50 years

Harrington Gardiner | Staff Writer

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The Kansas City Chiefs rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20, in Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2 in Miami for their first NFL championship in 50 years.

This was the Chiefs’ second crown after downing the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.

Sunday’s game started off relatively slow in the first half. The defenses on both sides did everything possible to make life miserable for the opposing offenses, but it didn’t stop both teams from scoring touchdowns in the first half. The score was tied 10-10 before Shakira and Jennifer Lopez lit up the halftime show.

The story of the second half was focused on San Francisco’s inability to score and Kansas City stepping up when it was time to play defense on the biggest stage. 

The front seven for the 49ers, led by pass rushers Dee Ford and Nick Bosa, made life difficult for the offensive tackles of the Chiefs. Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh came up with all sorts of blitzes to frustrate Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes. San Francisco did a good job early of controlling the pace by running the ball and working the play-action pass. Jimmy Garoppolo made key throws in the first half, and the Niners offense was clicking on all cylinders. 

Even with the Niners playing well in the first half the biggest story outside of Mahomes’ performance was the 49ers losing control of the game. The Niners scored a touchdown and another field goal to go up 20-10 by the end of the third quarter, but when the fourth quarter came, nothing seemed to be going San Francisco’s way. The Niners seemed to have abandoned the run game late in the fourth and gave too much time on the clock for Mahomes and coach Andy Reid’s offense. The Chiefs would come back to make big plays on offense through the air, and the Chiefs defense, led by Tyrann Mathieu and Chris Jones, stood tall when it mattered for Steve Spagnuolo’s defense. Kansas City proved that it had a solid defense after having to listen to many critics all season, and the Chiefs’ offense got back to its explosive play.

The Niners struggled to make stops and they gave up 21 unanswered points in the fourth. Garoppolo also struggled once the Chiefs defense applied pressure. Jimmy G completed 86 percent of his throws for 199 yards, one TD and a 119.5 passer rating without pressure. With pressure, Garoppolo had an abysmal 11 percent completion percentage, 20 yards and two interceptions.

Also, Niners coach Kyle Shanahan had another questionable fourth quarter. Shanahan has now been outscored 46-0 in the fourth quarter of Super Bowls as a play caller. This dates back to his time as offensive coordinator of the Falcons when they took on the Patriots in Super Bowl LI. 

The Chiefs came out victorious, and Mahomes won Super Bowl MVP, going 26-of-42 for 286 passing yards, two passing TDs and two picks. Mahomes shined bright in the biggest stage and is adding to what is already a promising career. And after 22 years, Reid finally won his first championship. The sky’s the limit for Kansas City, which has 10 of 11 offensive players under contract next season.

The impact of Kobe Bryant

Justin Whitner | Staff Writer

The day Kobe Bryant died – Jan. 26 – is widely regarded now as one of the saddest days in sports history. His death touched people all over the world. From fans, players and friends, millions of people gave tributes, said words or posted pictures of or with the former Los Angeles Lakers superstar.

  When Hampton University student Ny’Ombi Harrison heard the news, she figured it was just some fake talk that people were posting about on Twitter.

  “My 10-year-old brother called me and was almost in tears asking, ‘Is it true?’” Harrison said. “I had to reassure him that it was just rumors at the moment. I quickly realized just how much Kobe Bryant meant to every little black boy around the world. He was their Superman. Once it was confirmed, I was in shock and disbelief. The news was very heartbreaking and unsettling.”

Bryant was not only just a great basketball player; he had a mindset that was 

parallel to none.

  Although Bryant took a lot of heat for the way he played basketball and his mannerisms of always being locked in and focused, on and off the floor, after retiring from the NBA in 2016, his persona changed. Bryant won an Oscar for his “Dear Basketball” short film, he became more active in coaching his daughter Gianna’s basketball team and spent extra time with the family that he didn’t have when he was playing.

  “I myself was not a big fan, but almost every basketball fan I knew was, especially my dad,” Harrison said. “Kobe was a stand-up guy, on and off the court, and I have nothing but respect for him. I feel his death reminded me that life is too short, and it really made me think about my purpose in life and how I want to leave my legacy here on earth.”

  During the 100-days-until-graduation celebration, HU senior Brian White could be seen wearing a Bryant shirt with 8 on the front and 24 on the back – Kobe’s two uniform numbers with the Lakers.

  “It was phenomenal,” White said, speaking of the tribute before the Lakers-Portland Trail Blazers game Friday. “I couldn’t take my eyes off of it.”

  During the tribute, Lakers star LeBron James had a paper with some words already prepared to speak about Bryant, but he ended up tossing it and speaking from the heart.

  He closed his words by going back to Bryant’s retirement speech.

“In the words of Kobe Bryant, ‘Mamba Out,’” James said. “But in the words of us, ‘Not Forgotten.’”

James promised that he and the Lakers would carry on Bryant’s legacy on his back in his tribute post on Instagram as well. 

  Bryant was not only just a great basketball player; he had a mindset that was parallel to none. Playing through tons of injuries – ankle, knee, finger and so forth – he never backed down. Kobe promised to play when he had the opportunity and hated taking nights off. He changed the game of basketball for eternity by showing passion for the game from start to finish, no matter the matchup at hand.

Bryant was known for his scoring abilities and clutch gene on the basketball court, but he passed away as someone he had become off the court: A #GirlDad. 

Ex-NFL player Matthew Cherry tackles filmmaking, earns an Oscar nomination for Hair Love

Alazja Kirk | Staff Writer

From the NFL to Hollywood, the writer, director and filmmaker Matthew Cherry has had an impressive rise to the top.

The Chicago native is a former NFL receiver-turned-filmmaker who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and the Baltimore Ravens. Cherry moved to L.A. to pursue a career in entertainment after his retirement in 2007. He’s worked as a production assistant on more than 40 commercials and 20 music videos.

Cherry’s latest project, Hair Love, received an Oscar nomination this month for best animated short film. Hair Love is about an African American father attempting to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.

Matthew Cherry joined Robin Roberts, Micheal Strahan and Lara Spencer on Good Morning America to talk about his career transition and how meaningful it has been to see the love and support for his short film.

“I moved to L.A. 13 years ago and kinda started over when I retired,” Cherry said in the interview. “And I started as a [production assistant] and kinda worked my way up doing music videos and short films — so to be here now at the highest level is so crazy.”

Cherry also spoke on the inspiration behind what made him want to create an animated short about an African American dad who learns how to do his young daughter’s hair.

“A couple of years ago, I was coming across a lot of viral videos about African American fathers that were doing their daughters’ hair,” he said. “It seemed like it was an anomaly. People were sharing it because they weren’t used to seeing it.”

Cherry spoke on how essential it is to normalize black men doing their daughters’ hair due to the stereotype they often face of not being involved in their children’s lives. He saw the importance of showcasing a strong black family unit and show that dads are present.

“This has to be one of the sweetest short films I’ve ever seen,” Hampton University senior Darius Hamb said. “He deserves everything that comes his way.”

Cherry has directed music videos for musical artists Beyoncé, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland, Tweet, Jazmine Sullivan, Lalah Hathaway, Kindred The Family Soul, Snoop Dogg, The Foreign Exchange, Bilal, N’Dambi, Maysa Leak, Dwele, Najee, K’Jon and Chloe X Halle.

Cherry’s first feature film, The Last Fall, made its world premiere at South By Southwest in 2012 and received awards at the American Black Film Festival for Best Screenplay and Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival for the HBO Best Feature Film Award. The Last Fall was acquired by Image Entertainment, made its television premiere on BET in December 2012 and is currently streaming on Netflix and Hulu.

Cherry’s feature film 9 Rides premiered at SXSW in 2016 in the Narrative Spotlight category and stars Dorian Missick, Omar Dorsey, Robinne Lee, Xosha Roquemore, Amin Joseph, Skye P. Marshall, Thomas Q. Jones and Tracie Thoms.

Cherry also has directed the TBS series The Last OG, the CBS drama event series The Red Line executive produced by Ava DuVernay & Greg Berlanti, the ABC action-comedy series Whiskey Cavalier, CBS’ The Unicorn and most recently, ABC’s hit series Black-ish.

“It’s great to see positive examples like Matthew,” said Brittany Mimms, a fourth-year MBA major at Hampton University. “He shows young people that anything is possible to accomplish as long as you stay passionate and persistent.”

HU’s Young emerges as one of the Big South’s best freshmen

Harrington Gardiner | Staff Writer

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Despite accomplishing so many achievements and receiving so many awards this season, Nylah Young has one goal in mind: a championship for the Lady Pirates. 

The freshman’s season so far has included winning the Big South conference freshman player of the week. Young has been averaging 15.3 PPG, 11 Reb and 2.3 steals this season. 

Nylah is from Suffolk, Virginia with an undecided major. She’s been playing basketball since she was six years old. Young played AAU basketball and she also played all four years of high school basketball at Kings Fork High School. 

Since a young age, Young has been inspired by three basketball players: Candice Parker, LeBron James and most importantly her father. Nylah’s dad played overseas after playing at the University of Maryland and East Carolina.

“He’s been my inspiration because he’s been playing all his life too, so I wanted to play since I was young, and it just stuck with me,” Young said.

The decision to attend Hampton University came from her desire to be closer to home. Hampton also had a family atmosphere that was unlike any other school.

“When you go other places they pretend, but I felt like when I came here, I was treated like real family,” she said. “[Hampton’s] basketball program is great and I decided to go someplace where I’d fit in and become a threat as soon as I get there.” 

Nylah also discussed the bond she has with her teammates and coaching staff and how that has had an impact on her successful freshman season. 

“They’re always pushing me to do better and when it comes to my teammates, we love each other. Yes, we fight sometimes but in the end we know the common goal and we love each other. The coaches push me to especially Coach Six. He pushes me every day and he’s on me constantly in practice and everyone can attest to that, but he just wants me to do well so that’s why he pushes me to do better.” 

With success comes adversity, and Nylah talked about the roadblocks she went through in high school while she went through a frustrating recruiting process. 

“The whole recruiting process for me in high school was terrible. In high school, I thought that colleges were going to look at me and be interested in me but that wasn’t the case. Eventually, people thought that I couldn’t play basketball at the next level and that just made me want to work harder. Hampton gave me a chance and that’s why I came here as well.” 

Nylah wants to continue to improve by working out this offseason and staying in the gym. She emphasized conditioning and working on her core to continue to add to her muscle. She also wants to take on a leadership role next year and keep the freshman focused on team goals instead of individual accolades. 

“It’s good to have self-goals and accolades but at the end of the day, I want that championship and that’s the message I want to send to the incoming freshmen.”

Young doesn’t intend on stopping her basketball career, and when asked what she wants to do in the future after graduation, she discussed being a doctor or playing overseas. 

 

Super Bowl 54: Battle of the differences

Nazim Trammell-Wells | Staff Writer

The Super Bowl is almost upon us. If your team is watching on a couch like you are, it can be a bummer; but it’s still a fun time of the year. Fans are set up for quite a show with the super-loaded Chiefs offense vs. the shutdown defense from the 49ers. 

This past Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Cinderella squad Tennessee Titans 35-24. Later on in the evening, the San Francisco 49ers beat the GreenBay Packers 37-20. 

Super Bowl 54 has a lot of marquee matchups. The most prominent will be the duel of two young quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes and Jimmy Garoppolo. Both QBs will be making their Super Bowl debuts. There’ll also be a battle between two of the league’s best tight ends, KC’s Travis Kelce and SF’s George Kittle. Where Kelce has proven that he is an elite pass-catcher, George Kittle has been more physical and dominant in both blocking and run after the catch. 

 Kansas City coach Andy Reid hasn’t been to the Super Bowl in 15 years, back when he was with the Philadelphia Eagles and lost to the Patriots. Reid has been known to be an offensive genius, and historically he loves to throw the football with a mobile quarterback, which makes having Mahomes almost a match made in heaven. 

On the other sideline will be Kyle Shanahan, a young coach who is known to be offensive-minded also, but his team’s personnel take on another identity which is their defense. Many believe the game is ultimately going to come down to the defense. 

“I want the Chiefs to win, but I really don’t see that happening,” Hampton University senior Tony Wright said. “San Francisco’s defense has had an answer for almost everyone in the league.” 

The 49ers defense, who is led by future Hall of Fame cornerback Richard Sherman and former top draft pick defensive end Nick Bosa, have taken down many big offensive talents this year. They include top-tier quarterbacks Drew Brees, Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers (twice). 

The 49ers having someone like Sherman is a huge bonus. He’s been to two Super Bowls with the Seattle Seahawks and knows what it takes to win. The Chiefs, on the other hand, are young, and they often struggle defensively, allowing opponents more than 20 points per game. Ultimately, Kansas City wins games by simply scoring at a ridiculous rate, averaging close to 30 points per game. 

“If you had to ask me, I’m taking the 49ers,” Hampton Senior Justin Whitner said. They’ve been the more consistent team on both ends. The Chiefs defense just doesn’t have enough for me.”

The game appears as if it will be a matter of which defense can slow down the opposing team’s high-powered offense. 

    

  

L.A. stories, Bucks lead the way at NBA’s midway point

Justin Whitner | Staff Writer

As the NBA season approaches the All-Star break, we are just past the midway point in the 82-game marathon. Let’s take a look at the three most dominant teams and the three most disappointing squads in the league.

Dominant

The Los Angeles Lakers 

Rob Pelinka’s overhaul in the NBA offseason has proven to be a good move for the Lakers. LeBron James has returned healthy and in his dominant form again. Alongside him now is a healthy Anthony Davis. The two have led the Lakers to the top spot in the Western Conference.

The Los Angeles Clippers

The other team in Los Angeles has proven to be just as formidable as the Lakers. While the Clippers often rest players and use “load management,” they’re still a team that beats the best. In their two meetings with the Lakers, they’ve won both matchups. Although the Clippers lose more games than they should, come playoff time, NBA analysts expect them to be contending for an NBA title.

  Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks are once again dominating the East and the NBA. Giannis Antetokounmpo refined his skills in the offseason and once again has Bucks competing for a title. Even with Milwaukee losing what were thought to be key components to their team, new players have stepped up and taken on new roles. With Giannis’ leadership and the Bucks’ role players playing well, the Bucks are looking to go farther in the playoffs this season.

Disappointing

 Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers appear to have fallen flat on their backs after making an appearance to the Western Conference Finals last season. The Trail Blazers do not currently occupy a playoff spot, even after adding longtime NBA veteran Carmelo Anthony. With less than 40 games left in the season, Portland will have to make serious changes schematically or through personnel, if they’d like to clinch a playoff spot.

 Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets had the biggest summer of any team, adding Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan. Still, with Durant and Irving both dealing with injuries, the Nets have fallen below .500. Durant will be out for the remainder of the season, and Irving has missed significant time with a shoulder injury. The Nets were not expected to be title contenders this year, but being a bottom seed was also not a part of the plan either.

San Antonio Spurs

Ever since the departure of Kawhi Leonard, the San Antonio Spurs have seemed to have an identity crisis. DeMar DeRozan has been good but not quite good enough to take the Spurs to the next level. They currently do not occupy a playoff spot and are on the outside looking in. San Antonio is known for building teams quietly but not during the season. During the offseason, the team did not make many moves, and with that, analysts don’t expect the Spurs to make many moves.

LSU takes the victory against Clemson in 2020 National Championship

Amber Anderson | Staff Writer

Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers defeated the Clemson Tigers during the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship, finishing with a final score of 42-25. LSU finished with an undefeated record of 15-0. 

The Tigers dominated Clemson throughout the game, Dabo Swinney, Clemson’s head coach gave them their props for playing like champions throughout the game. 

“There offense this year was special and they did an amazing job. Again, they made some plays tonight that you just have to tip your hat to them, cause the ball was in the only place that their guy could catch it,” Swinney said during a press conference after the game. 

LSU’s quarterback Joe Burrow ended his season perfectly, making six touchdowns during the national championship. This was such a historic season for Burrow, winning a national championship, winning the Heisman trophy and ending his final year with an undefeated season. Burrow is projected as the number one overall draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in April’s NFL Draft. 

It was a disappointing loss for the Clemson Tigers, especially for their quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence even admitted to not being on his a-game during the national championship match-up, saying that some of his throws did not hit their mark. 

“I think the worst thing is that you don’t get to go back and play with this group…but, were going to be fine, we’re going to be back,” Lawrence said during a press conference after the game. 

Along with Lawrence, Clemson’s fans were also disappointed to see the team lose in the championship match-up, even a few Hampton students. 

“I was upset to see them lose due to Trevor Lawrence’s win streak. It would’ve been cool to see him add a national title to his streak,” said Ian Oakley. 

Stephen A. Smith was confident that Clemson was going to remain National Champions again. Many blame Lawrence for the loss but Smith doesn’t agree.

“I’m not saying he had a good game by any stretch because clearly, he didn’t, but I’m gon’ put some responsibility on the people around him and I’m gone put some responsibility on Coach Dabo…yes there were thirteen overthrows but, there were also a whole bunch of folks that were not getting open,” Smith said during ESPN’s First Take. 

Even though this season didn’t end for Trevor Lawrence as expected, with him making a return next season Clemson will have a good chance for a comeback. This’ll be Lawrence’s junior year and he’ll be a prime candidate for the Heisman trophy.

Former NFL played opened up about his battle with depression before death

Staff Writer: Amber N. Anderson

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Former NFL player George Atkinson III died Dec. 2 at age 27, one year after the suicide of his twin brother, Josh Atkinson. Currently, there is no reported cause of death for Atkinson. During his NFL career, George Atkinson III played for the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns.
In October, Atkinson released an open letter published by the Unsealed, titled, “How I Turned My Losses into Lessons.” He addressed the letter to kids going through adversity. Within the letter, Atkinson discussed his battle with depression, his traumatic upbringing and how the sport of football changed his life.
Atkinson struggled with expressing himself, not opening up about all that he was going through and just continued to move forward.
“I felt like I had to be this tough guy and show no emotion,” Atkinson wrote in the open letter. Growing up, he and his twin brother had an unstable household. The two dealt with a mother who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia while also having to from house to house.
At the age of 10, he became aware that the way he was being treated was not right. At one point he had to call the police on his mother because she was getting violent toward him and his brother.
The two were taken away from their mom, living with their uncle for two years, and eventually their father, former NFL player George Atkinson II, stepped up to the plate and moved the boys in with him.
Moving in with their father created stability for them. The two then began playing football in high school. Atkinson and his brother ended up with scholarships from schools all across the country but decided that the University of Notre Dame was the place for them to continue their football careers.
Although they were on the road to success, the two were still carrying a lot of pain with them. Last October, their mother died from complications from Crohn’s disease. That same year on Christmas, his twin brother committed suicide by hanging himself.
Atkinson also checked into a mental institution because he had attempted to harm himself.
Battling with depression and struggling with expressing his emotions, he sought out help and began seeing a psychologist.
“We all must make sure we don’t find the easy way out, like using alcohol or drugs to numb our pain,” Atkinson wrote. “That will lead us nowhere. We have to face our problems head-on, whether that is talking to people, praying or listening to motivational speeches. Whatever helps you get through a tough time, that’s what you’ve got to do, and that’s what I have to do, too.”

Approximately 46.6 million adults in the U.S. endure the reality of managing a mental illness every day, meaning that 1 in 5 will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lifetime, according to Athletes for Hope. People are often under the impression that athletes don’t have mental health struggles due to all the success, wealth, fame and being able to play the sport that they love. In reality, athletes do have mental health struggles, from the pressures of having to ensure their performance in the game is excelling, family issues, living their life in the public eye, and specifically for
college athletes finding the balance between being an athlete and a student.
According to the Athletes for Hope, 33 percent of all college students experience significant symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions. Out of that percentage, only 10 percent of student-athletes seek out help.
Among professional sports, Athletes for Hope said 35 percent of elite athletes suffer from a mental health crisis which may manifest as stress, eating disorders, burnout, or depression and anxiety.
Lanece Carpenter, a first-year sports management manager with a minor in leadership studies, thinks that sports teams need to increase their counseling offerings.
“They can support athletes in terms of mental health by meeting the growing demand of sports psychologists and providing mandatory counseling for all athletes,” Carpenter said.