Hope Happens Here holding four Mental Health Awareness Games

Hope Happens Here holding four Mental Health Awareness Games

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Four Saint Michael's College Athletics teams will pair with Hope Happens Here (HHH) to host Mental Health Awareness Games during the coming week, including as the men's and women's ice hockey teams wear special jerseys adorned with the HHH logo that will be sold to fundraise for HHH and another mental health organization.

An organization established last year under the direction of men's ice hockey seniors Danny Divis and Justin McKenzie, HHH promotes mental wellness among college students, in particular student-athletes. The group has held awareness-raising events since last year, including at various athletic contests, and helped organize the Pie A Purple Knight fundraiser during the spring. The group will be on hand at all four events to help raise awareness about mental health wellness and available resources. Funds raised will benefit HHH and To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. Learn more about the organization at twloha.com.

Women's ice hockey hosts Nichols College at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Cairns Arena in South Burlington before the men follow at 4 p.m. versus in-state foe Castleton University. Both teams will wear the special HHH jerseys, and a fan van will be available to students. Vans leave outside the Ross Sports Center swipe-card entrance 45 minutes before each game and depart Cairns Arena 10 minutes following the conclusion of each contest. Contact Student Association Secretary of Athletics Jake Myers '19 at jmyers2@mail.smcvt.edu to reserve your spot. To inquire about purchasing a jersey, email hopehappensheresmcvt@gmail.com.

The basketball squads, which will wear special warm-up shirts, host Mental Health Awareness games next Wednesday against Merrimack College, with the women tipping off at 5:30 p.m. and the men beginning at 7:30 p.m.