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Aggies Wear Green Ribbons On Helmets For Mental Health Awareness

Sep 24, 2022, 4:52 PM | Updated: Oct 11, 2022, 10:33 am
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Utah State wearing a green ribbon on helmets against UNLV in support of mental health awareness.

LOGAN, Utah – In support of mental health awareness, Utah State football will be wearing a green ribbon on their helmets for this week’s game against UNLV.

On Monday, September 19, Anderson announced that his team was dedicating their Week 4 game against UNLV to raising awareness for mental health.

During the 6:47 video posted to Utah State football’s social media accounts, the head coach shared details about his personal life, difficult challenges his family has faced, and stressed the importance of mental health.

“We have had a lot of good conversations about this something that we all feel very strongly about,” he began his comments. “We’d love for you to join with us and support this cause and hopefully help those in need.”

Cason Anderson Mental Health and Wellness Fund

Utah State Athletics announced that they have established the Robert Cason Mental Health and Wellness Fund in honor of Blake Anderson’s son.

The Mental Health and Wellness Fund will provide enhancements to the athletics department’s mental health and wellness resources. It will provide increased mental health and wellness counseling services, educational opportunities, training, and programming for student-athletes, coaches, and support staff.

Utah State’s mental health and wellness program with the Robert Cason Anderson Fund will increase awareness and help tackle the stigma surrounding mental health challenges, all while offering more support to all USU student-athletes.

Cason tragically passed away on February 28, 2022, at the age of 21. He graduated from Jonesboro High School in Arkansas in 2020 while his father was the head coach of Arkansas State. In 2021, Cason moved to Pflugerville, Texas to be near his family and work for his uncle at Techline Pipe.

Stories of Strength

Throughout the week, players and coaches with the Utah State football program have shared their messages of struggling with mental health.

Head coach Blake Anderson began the week with his story. Punter Stephen Kotsanlee, long snapper Jacob Garcia, and offensive lineman Calvin Knapp shared videos on social media detailing their own, and their families bouts with mental health.

If you or someone you know is struggling or needs support, it is always available with SafeUT, a crisis chat and tip line. 833-372-3388

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