The Salve Regina University’s Seahawks’ Men’s Hockey Team and its supporters raised over $10,000 for Newport Mental Health through its 2nd annual Mental Health Awareness Night on Saturday, Nov. 19.
The game against University of New England took place over Parents Weekend and drew a packed crowd of over 225 to the St. George’s School Hockey Rink. After campus parking filled, dedicated fans climbed the hill from 2nd beach to support Salve hockey and mental health. It was a thrilling night of hockey, too, with the Seahawks’ winning 6-4, following a come- from- behind victory over UNE, the ninth-ranked team in the country.
The Mental Health Awareness Night initiative began last year as a way to recognize the widespread mental health challenges in our community, but particularly among the younger generation. Seahawks’ Men’s Hockey players drove the initiative designing a collectable game jersey that was sold to raise funds, and throwing events on campus to get students excited. Student efforts were led by Anthony Azzano ’23. Salve alum Abbie Williamson ‘22 organized and ran a bake sale. O’Brien’s Pub and Stephen Connett Jr. provided sponsorship of the event. NOSOLO, a local mental health committed apparel brand founded by John and Sarah Toracinta played prominently in the success of the event raffle.
Newport Mental Health President and CEO Jamie Lehane dropped the ceremonial first puck. Said Lehane, “Thanksgiving came early for Newport Mental Health. My hat is off to Coach Zech Klann and Athletic Director Bill Villareal for so successfully developing character and compassion in their student athletes. This generation gets it. We should all feel comfortable talking about mental health, and know that it is ok to seek help if you need it.”
Newport Mental Health, a federally Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic offers evidence-based mental health services to the 82,000 residents of Newport County, regardless of ability to pay.
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