Four Teams Playing Mental Health Awareness Contests, Basketballs Hosting Think Pink Events

Four Teams Playing Mental Health Awareness Contests, Basketballs Hosting Think Pink Events

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's and women's basketball and ice hockey teams will pair with the student-run Hope Happens Here for Mental Health Awareness games on Saturday at their home sites before the basketball squads host Think Pink contests next Tuesday to benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Now in its third school year as a campus organization, Hope Happens Here (HHH) is continuing its 2017-18 programming at all four home events on Saturday. At Cairns Arena in South Burlington, women's ice hockey plays at 1 p.m. and the men follow at 4 p.m., with both opposing Saint Anselm College. The squads will wear special HHH stickers on their helmets. Men's and women's basketball take on Franklin Pierce University that day and are slated to don special HHH warm-up T-shirts. The women tip off at 1:30 p.m. and the men begin two hours later.

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 two years, including at various athletic contests, and helped organize the Pie A Purple Knight fundraiser the past two springs. Due greatly in part to their work with HHH, Divis and McKenzie shared the 2017 Hockey Humanitarian Award. Visit hopehappenshere.co for more information.

During their basketball games with Stonehill College next Tuesday, the Purple Knights will hold their annual Think Pink fundraiser, as the women play at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m. Fans in attendance are encouraged to wear pink in support of the fight against cancer, as the Saint Michael's women will don pink T-shirts and shoe laces to show their support, and the men will also utilize pink shoe laces. Cancer survivors will be admitted for free to the contests that day, as will people currently battling the disease and a caregiver.

Representatives from the ACS will be on hand to accept donations at the basketball games, as each team's goal is to raise money to help fund research, create awareness, fight back, and show support for all who are affected by the disease. Patrons who donate will receive a ribbon signifying their support, with all funds raised during the games going directly to the ACS. For more information, or if you would like to show your support with a donation, please contact women's basketball head coach Shannon Kynoch at (802) 654-2503, or skynoch@smcvt.edu. For survivors and those currently afflicted who plan to attend, please contact Kynoch to ensure your free admittance.