The Black People Forward project (BPF) and Life After Ball (LAB) will be interviewing athletes about the importance of prioritizing their mental health in honor of April’s National Student Athlete month. The “Me 1st, Then Sports” interview series will allow elite and professional athletes to provide advice and encouragement to student athletes. Interviews will take place on Instagram live and on the iHeart radio show, Business Innovators Radio.
Athletes of all ages are under pressure in many areas. In recent months, high-profile athletes, actresses, political figures, musicians and other influencers have shared stories creating awareness and advocacy for mental health. Olympic, and professional athletes such as Naomi Osaka, Sha’Carri Richardson, Kevin Love, DeMar DeRozan, Serena Williams, Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, Noah Lyles, Simone Manuel, Raven Saunders, Lane Johnson, Brandon Marshall and several NFL players – Dax Prescott, Solomon Thomas, DeMario Davis, D.J. Chark, Adam Thielen have all spoken up about the importance of athletes caring for their mental health.