More Than A Game.
Falk College’s Sport Venue and Event Management master’s program is proud to announce its first virtual symposium, “More Than A Game,” which is set for 11:30am to 4:30pm on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
“More Than A Game” is dedicated to promoting mental health awareness by focusing on various topics relating to collegiate athletics. This virtual event will feature three parts with each segment featuring a keynote speaker as well as breakout rooms moderated by former athletes, industry professionals, and licensed counselors.
The topic of mental health was selected for its relevance in today’s society, particularly sporting communities, where, regardless of age, race, gender, and/or sexuality, nearly 35 percent of professional athletes cite a form of mental health issues, and less than 10percent of collegiate athletes say they seek treatment for mental health issues due to perceived stigmas surrounding the topic. It is the goal of the Syracuse University Sport Venue and Event Management Graduate Program’s Class of 2021 to bring awareness to mental health issues affecting college student-athletes and to provide a safe space for discussion.
The virtual symposium will feature keynote speakers such as Valorie Kondos Fields and Morgan’s Message, as well as other guest speakers including Syracuse University basketball player Quincy Guerrier; former Loyola New Orleans basketball player Breyah Richardson, founder of B.R.E.A.T.H.E, an organization designed to bring mental health resources to the Black community; Matt Davidson, founder and president of the Excellence with Integrity Institute; Resa Lovelace, founder of RBL Theory, an organization dedicated to promoting workplace diversity and inclusivity; and counselors from Syracuse University’s Barnes Center, which provides professional resources and support.