Meeting to address student athlete mental health

Cassidy McLellan – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS is hosting a mental health meeting for Mustang athletes, “You’re More Than your Sport,” 3 – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 from. in the auditorium.

The meeting will feature a panel of coaches and current college athletes sharing their struggles with mental health.

Scheduled speakers include LRHS head football coach Rashad West, Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) teacher Maggie Sharrer, head Junior Varsity (JV) football coach Tommy Cuervo, and strength and conditioning coach Andrew Shackelford.

The talk will also feature NCAA track athlete Riley Simmons and University of Central Florida (UCF) football player Sam Jackson, both LRHS alumni.

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LRHS athletic trainer Sydney Suppa and Sharrer are the coordinators of this event.

Suppa said, “My goal in this event is to normalize discussions of mental health, remind student athletes that there are safe people on campus to talk too, and there are resources available to them. We are excited for a positive turnout in student athletes, coaches, teachers, and administrators.”

Teachers and administrators urge all Mustang athletes to be in attendance.

“We want to help normalize some of the struggle’s students at the high school and college level experience, so we wanted to provide real stories, so they know they are not alone,” continued Suppa.