Aggies wear green ribbons on helmets for mental health awareness

Logan, Utah- In support of mental health awareness, Utah State Football will wear a green ribbon on their helmets for this week’s game against UNLV.

On Monday, September 19, Anderson announced that his team would dedicate their Week 4 game against UNLV to raising mental health awareness.

During the 6:47 video, which was posted on Utah State Football’s social media accounts, the head coach shared details about his personal life, difficult challenges his family has faced and stressed the importance of mental health.

“We’ve had many good conversations on this subject, which is very close to our hearts,” he began his comments. “We would love for you to join us and support this cause and hopefully help those in need.”

Cason Anderson Mental Health and Wellness Fund

Utah State Athletics announced they have established the Robert Cason Mental Health and Wellness Fund in honor of Blake Anderson’s son.

The Mental Health and Wellness Fund will enhance the Athletics Department’s mental health and wellness resources. It will provide more mental health and wellbeing counseling services, education, training and programs for student athletes, coaches and support staff.

The State of Utah’s Mental Health and Wellness Program with the Robert Cason Anderson Fund will raise awareness and help address the stigma surrounding mental health issues while providing greater support to all of USU’s student-athletes.

Cason tragically passed away on February 28, 2022 at the age of 21. He graduated from Jonesboro High School in Arkansas in 2020 while his father was the Arkansas State head coach. In 2021, Cason moved to Pflugerville, Texas to be close to his family and to work for his uncle at Techline Pipe.

Tales of Strength

Throughout the week, Utah State Football Program players and coaches shared their messages about the mental health struggle.

Head Coach Blake Anderson started the week with his story. Punter Stephen Kotsanlee, long snapper Jacob Garcia and offensive lineman Calvin Knapp have shared videos on social media describing their own and their families’ struggles with mental health.

If you or someone you know is having trouble or needs support, it’s always available SafeUT, a crisis chat and a tip hotline. 833-372-3388

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