Lincoln Northwest hosts mental health awareness game
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Saturday, Lincoln Northwest hosted Lincoln High at Den Hartog Field for their first mental health awareness game.
The event was to promote the importance of speaking out when you are feeling alone and reaching out to others who might be in a similar situation.
Fans, players and coaches wore green to show their support of mental health awareness.
Northwest catcher Jack Duval lost his brother Will to suicide back in January but has found hope through grief.
Not only was he instrumental in creating the idea of a mental health awareness game but Jack spearheaded the Northwest Hope Squad.
The squad is a peer led group that promotes supporting students and speaking out about mental health struggles.
Jack shared the importance of the game saying “it means everything. Me and my family have spent so much time trying to spread awareness of mental health and we are going to keep trying. I think this is one of the greatest things I have accomplished in my life so far and I am just trying to spread my brothers mission.”
Jack described his brother as someone who always looked out for others.
Lincoln Northwest defeated Lincoln High 14-2.