Lacrosse teams host mental health awareness event

Zahra Muzaffar, Author

Seniors Skyler Anderson (left) and Weston Preising celebrate Anderson's goal in the second quarter of Paly's 12-11 home loss to Burlingame Monday night. Photo by Matt Ersted.
Both girls’ and boys’ varsity teams will be taking part in a game to raise awareness and foster discussion surrounding mental health. The event is led by Let’s Bring Change 2 Mind, a local chapter of the national organization working to combat the discrimination faced by those suffering from mental illness. Photo: Jackson Doerr

Palo Alto High School’s varsity lacrosse teams will be competing in the second annual “Stick it 2 Stigma” game at 11 a.m. Saturday May 20, at the lacrosse field.

The event is hosted by Paly’s Let’s Bring Change 2 Mind club, as well as the boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams, according to club President Lia Salvatierra.

While the game usually featured boys’ in traditional girls’ lacrosse attire and vice versa, this will be the second year in which the event features speech and mental health trivia during half time in an effort to educate the attendees.

“The Stick it 2 Stigma game is a way to incorporate both the guys and girls teams into a fun event that we can use to promote mental health awareness,” Salvatierra said.

Salvatierra hopes to continue the discussion surrounding mental health, and believes that the game is one way to do so.
“Athletic teams are really powerful groups and if we can inspire the conversation of mental health within them we can help change the community,” Salvatierra said.