Hope Happens Here Hosting Mental Health Awareness Games, Annual Pie a Purple Knight

Hope Happens Here Hosting Mental Health Awareness Games, Annual Pie a Purple Knight

SCHEDULE UPDATE: WOMEN'S LACROSSE WILL NOW PLAY ON APRIL 13 AT 4 P.M., AND PIE A PK IS STILL AT HALFTIME! BASEBALL IS NO LONGER PLAYING AT HOME ON APRIL 14

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Pies to the face will aid a good cause for the fifth straight year at Saint Michael's College next weekend, as Hope Happens Here (HHH) is hosting its third annual Pie a Purple Knight fundraiser on April 14 at halftime of the 11 a.m. women's lacrosse game at Duffy Field. HHH will also hold Mental Health Awareness Games for men's lacrosse this Saturday and for women's lacrosse and baseball on April 14.

Now in its third school year as a campus organization, HHH is continuing its 2017-18 programming this spring after also holding Mental Health Awareness Games for numerous fall and winter teams. Men's lacrosse plays Bentley University on Saturday at 11 a.m. before the April 14 schedule has women's lacrosse taking on the University of New Haven at 11 a.m. and baseball hosting Bentley for a doubleheader at 12 p.m. HHH members will be grilling free food for fans on April 14.

The lacrosse teams are slated to don special HHH warm-up T-shirts for their games, while baseball will also show its support for the cause during its contests. Members of HHH and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) - who operated the fundraisers in 2014 and 2015 - will help run Pie a Purple Knight, with proceeds benefiting the organization.

Through a donation process, Saint Michael's community members can determine which of their favorite College representatives will be "pied" in the face at halftime on April 14: junior Emily Durette, women's soccer; senior Meggane Grand, Alpine skiing captain; junior Levi Holmes III, men's basketball captain; junior Chris Johnson, men's ice hockey; and Shannon Kynoch, women's basketball head coach and SAAC adviser. HHH representatives will have donation jars in Alliot Student Center between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and again from 5 to 7 p.m. every day next week through which community members can cast their votes for who will be "pied".

HHH continues to be visible at Mental Health Awareness Games, where members help raise awareness about mental health wellness and available resources. 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 three years, including at various athletic contests, and the organization has partnered with the Dartmouth College women's ice hockey team as well as fellow Northeast-10 Conference schools to establish additional HHH chapters. Due greatly in part to their work with HHH, Divis and McKenzie shared the 2017 Hockey Humanitarian Award. Visit hopehappenshere.co for more information.