LOGAN, Utah – In support of mental health awareness, Utah State football will wear a green ribbon on their helmets for this week’s game against UNLV.
On Monday, September 19, Anderson announced that his team would dedicate their week 4 match against UNLV to raising awareness for mental health.
Our family values and recognizes the importance of mental health. We are honored to be able to support USU student athletes and raise awareness about mental health. #ScoresForSupport | @USUFootball pic.twitter.com/wceT3ZzvA1
— Linda bonner (@lbbonner12) September 22, 2022
During the 6:47 am video posted to Utah State Football’s social media accounts, the head coach shared details about his personal life, the difficult challenges his family faced and emphasized the importance of mental health.
“We’ve had a lot of good conversations about this something that we’re all really excited about,” he began his comments. “We would love for you to join us in supporting this cause and hopefully helping those in need.”
Cason Anderson Fund for Mental Health and Wellbeing
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 improve the mental health and wellness resources of the athletics department. It will provide more 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 raise awareness and help address the stigma surrounding mental health issues, while providing greater support to all USU student athletes.
Cason died tragically 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 the state of Arkansas. In 2021, Cason moved to Pflugerville, Texas to be close to his family and work for his uncle at Techline Pipe.
Utah State Athletics establishes Cason Anderson Mental Health and Wellness Fund.
— Utah State Athletics (@USUAthletics) September 21, 2022
Stories of strength
All week, players and coaches of the Utah State soccer program have shared their posts about grappling with mental health.
Head coach Blake Anderson started 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 with mental health.
— USU Football (@USUFootball) September 19, 2022
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— USU Football (@USUFootball) September 21, 2022
If you or someone you know is struggling or needs support, it’s always available with SafeUT, a crisis chat and tip line. 833-372-3388