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Bench the Stigma: Virtual Forum

March 21, 2021 6:30 p.m.

The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, and The Hampton Roads Sports Commission continued their community partnership on Sports and Mental Health with another virtual forum Sunday March 21, 2021:

Youth Sports: Coaching Positive Mental Health #BenchTheStigma

The event featured clinical professionals, a student-athlete, and a youth sports coach discussing topics such as mental wellness vs mental performance, the mental health continuum, and how to create a positive mental health culture within a sports organization.

To learn more, view our previous virtual forum “A Pandemic Playbook.”

Thank you to our event panelists:

  • Betsy Cutler, M. Ed., President and CEO, Cutler Wellness Programs
  • Dr. Gary Bennett, PhD, Associate Athletic Director, Sports Psychologist, Virginia Tech
  • Rennel Marshall, LCSW at CHKD, former collegiate football player and high school coach
  • Eli France, Senior at Frank W. Cox High School, soccer player

A special recognition for the #BenchTheStigma Steering Committee members:

  • Claudell Clark, Hampton Roads Sports Commission
  • Michael Cuddyer, retired MLB player, 2018 VSHF inductee
  • Betsy Cutler, Cutler Wellness Program
  • Will Driscoll, Virginia Sports Hall of Fame
  • Sam Fabian, CHKD
  • Eli France, Cox High School student
  • Dr. Michael McCormick, Caring for Kids & Parents


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