Changing the Game

The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, and the Coastal Virginia chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) invite you to attend Changing the Game; a discussion on Mental Health and Sports.

Date: Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Time: 7 p.m.

Tickets: $10 for adults. $5 for 18 and under. To purchase tickets visit; 

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Hall of Fame and NAMI want to highlight stories of struggle and strength regarding mental health in the sports world, and discuss what is being done at the amateur and professional levels to increase awareness and treatment. Attendees will hear from former athletes, current clinical professionals, and local and state legislators.

Much has been done in recent years to break down barriers, however the stigma still remains. Changing the Game is another step in the process of fostering a conversation on mental health, and providing an educational resource to the public to better understand this complex issue.

Changing the Game is part of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame’s 2019 Program and Events Series, presented by Priority Automotive Group, the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Virginia Beach Economic Development. Additional partners include Optima Health, White Claw Hard Seltzer, Riesbeck Contracting, W.F. Magann Corporation, AdImpact Marketing, and the Ping Pong for Charity Foundation.

About the Speakers

Moderator: C. Douglas Finney – LCSW BCD, Peak Performance Coach. Douglas has a specialty in Sports Psychology and especially enjoys working with adult, adolescent and child athletes and who are interested in reaching their potential for peak performance. She has worked with numerous individual athletes as well as teams from local universities, high schools, sports academies and youth leagues.

Eugene Holloman – Author of, The Athlete-Student, and former James Madison University running back

Aaron Rouse – Current Virginia Beach City Councilman, former Virginia Tech and NFL defensive back

Delegate Cheryl Turpin – Representing the 85th District from Virginia Beach in the Virginia General Assembly, and advocate for state mental health initiatives

Dr. Gary Bennett – Assistant Athletic Director and Licensed Clinical and Sports Psychologist, Virginia Tech Athletics. Virginia Tech was one of the first NCAA programs to support a position devoted specifically to sports psychology.

Dr. Scott Sauter – Board Certified Neuropsychologist. Norfolk Admirals Team Doctor. Concussion consultant for the College of William and Mary and Virginia Wesleyan University Athletics Departments. Chairman of the Board, Ping Pong for Charity Foundation, which supports brain health and mental fitness.

Dr. Melissa Tamburo – Director of Employee Assistance Program for Optima Health. Dr. Tamburo has a broad range of expertise including conducting quality analyses, demonstrating outcomes, network development, and providing clinical services to individuals and groups.

Dr. Claire LeBlanc – Principal, Ocean Lakes High School. Prior to being named Principal of Ocean Lakes High School on June 21, 2016, Dr. Le Blanc served as an Assistant Principal at Ocean Lakes for six years.  Preceding that, she was a long time Science teacher, athletic trainer, and coach in VBCPS.

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