Morgan’s Message amplifies stories, resources, and expertise to confront student-athlete mental health, build a community by and for athletes, and provide a platform for advocacy. They aim to expand the dialogue on mental health by normalizing conversations, empowering those who suffer in silence, and supporting those who feel alone.
The organization was founded by Morgan’s family, close friends, and teammates after losing Morgan. Morgan’s Message is clear: as an athlete, there is no shame in seeking physical healthcare-- the same should be true for mental healthcare. In order to close the gap, we must eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health together.
DR. JESSICA BARTLEY
Dr. Jessica Bartley is the new United State Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Director of Mental Health. She is a licensed psychologist as well as a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Colorado. Dr. Bartley is also a Certified Mental Performance Consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
Dr. Bartley has been a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Sport and Performance Psychology (MASPP) program as well as the Director of the Center for Performance Excellence in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. She has been contracted as the Clinical Sport Psychologist with USA Karate and has also been working with a group of sport psychologists to serve the mental health and performance needs of USA Track and Field. She has also been providing mental health and performance psychology services to Professional Bull Riding athletes.
VALORIE KONDOS FIELD
Valorie Kondos Field became a legendary hall of fame coach through curiosity, creativity, attention to detail, and unwavering care for the overall well-being of her athletes.
Head coach of the seven-time NCAA Champion, 22-time Regional and 18-time Pac-12 Champion UCLA Women’s Gymnastics team, Miss Val was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010, and boasts titles such as four-time “National Coach of the Year” and Pac-12 “Coach of the Century”
Miss Val’s success is due to her extraordinary leadership and mentorship of young student-athletes, and the way in which she uses gymnastics as an avenue through which to teach valuable life lessons.
FEATURED GUEST SPEAKERS
Cameron Lynch is a native of Artesia, CA, Syracuse University Alum, Rams Legend (2015, 2017), Bucs Legend(2016-2018). Lynch played all four years during his time at Syracuse. He saw both success both on and off the field, as ACC Academic All-American in 2014. After his playing days in the NFL, Cameron launched a media consulting and production company called HeartWorkMedia, and has grown his career in broadcasting as well to land opportunities as a color commentator with Florida International University Football and the In-Game host for SB LV with Scott Hanson. Cameron is currently participating in the Legends Development Program at the League office, working under Tracy Pearlman and the Player Marketing and Engagement team. As athletes, we are expected to compete and train at a world-class level. The major factors that separate amateur and professional athletes are mental health and mental awareness. Pro Tip: Train Your Mental! Meditation and journaling are some of my best practices
Breyah Richardson is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. Recognizing the need for advocacy, education, research, and support for black college students, Breyah created B.R.E.A.T.H.E (Black Resources Engaged At The Higher Levels Of Education). With her organization, she’s working towards one more safer space to promote mental health as an essential part of the overall college experience. In the Black community, many are reluctant to discuss mental health issues and seek treatment because of the shame and stigma associated with such conditions.
Resa Lovelace is the Founder and President of RBL Theory, LLC. She is a brilliant mind for consultations, an effective leader and engaging speaker. Lovelace has gained experience as a Social Justice Consultant and Educator over her eleven (11) years of work in Higher Education. Lovelace has consulted organizations and facilitated workshops across the United States addressing the importance of identity inclusivity. From consulting college administrators on Inclusive Best Practices, to educating Law students on the importance of LGBTQ+ inclusion, to teaching students about activism, Lovelace’s personality has resonated as an impactful presenter, educator, and facilitator.
Coaches and Administrators
Matthew L. Davidson, Ph.D., is an original Founder and the current President of the Excellence with Integrity Institute (formerly the Institute for Excellence & Ethics—IEE). He has dedicated over 25 years to the theory, practice, and assessment of character and culture with a special emphasis on leadership and organizational development. Through his work at the Institute Dr. Davidson seeks to foster optimal performance in individuals and organizations through the assessment and development of excellence, integrity, teamwork, and intrapersonal development.
Brittney attended Syracuse University from 2012 to 2017. She received her bachelor’s in Communications and Rhetorical Studies, and masters in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation. She was drafted as the seventh overall pick for Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), which is the highest drafted Syracuse women’s basketball player in school history. Now playing for Los Angeles Sparks. In addition to her WNBA team, Sykes is also a member of an international team during the WNBA offseason. Sykes is a member of the Israeli team in Petah Tikva which is a part of the Israeli Female Basketball Premier League.
FEATURED SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY ATHLETES
Quincy is a current Syracuse University basketball player, and will be speaking as a part of Overcoming Adversity pannel.
Morgan is a current Syracuse University lacrosse player, and will be speaking as a part of the Overcoming Adveristy pannel.