Kevin Love, the Cleveland Cavaliers power forward we've written about before, was recently presented with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPYs for his work to destigmatize mental health issues. Less than a day later, he committed $500,000 to UCLA's psychology department through his foundation. The donation was matched by a UCLA Centennial Term Chair Match, and "will create the Kevin Love Fund Centennial Chair in the psychology department, which will support the faculty's research into diagnosing, preventing, treating and destigmatizing anxiety and depression."
"I hope one day we are able to erase the stigma around anxiety and depression, and we can only do that by improving diagnosis and treatment, fostering public conversations about mental health and encouraging people to seek help when they need it." - Kevin Love
Love said accepting the award was "both an honor and a challenge," and that he would push himself to "stay vocal, even when silence feels safer." For more information, check out this article from People Magazine. (embed link - ) For now, we'll leave you with one more quote from our hero, Kevin Love:
"In telling my story, if I can help just one child that is suffering to make sense of what they are experiencing, I know my efforts have been worth it."