Q&A with Micah Cooper, Oklahoma State Running Back

Our President, Ben Ruvo, caught up with Micah Cooper to talk about mental health on and off the football field. Explain to us your athletic career growing up until today. How did you get to where you are as a college athlete? I grew up in Los Angeles, California. I spent the first 14 years…

Conformity Crushes Creativity

Conformity starts as early as a child can walk and often, never ends through adulthood. When the majority of people are doing something, most people feel pressure to do the same. The fear of being an outlier is scary. Thus, fear drives our conformity. Conformity occurs every day in school, as school is a place…

Landon Wolf: Gaining Awareness Through Experience

Ben: Explain to us your athletic career growing up until today. How did you get to where you are as a college athlete? Landon: I played football and basketball all the way up until high school, then just played football. I had a couple Division 2 and NAIA scholarship offers, but no Division 1 offers….

The Open Minded Telling of Skyler’s Story

Written by Skyler Hancock Published by Ben Ruvo For years, I have contemplated putting in writing what has happened to me in my mental health journey and its effects on my athletic career. I’ve been a competitive person since I was a child. In the beginning of my athletic career, I spent my time as…

Derek Gold: A 730 Day Nightmare

Growing up in Maryland, Derek Gold was a two sport athlete playing both baseball and golf. He was a four time all county golfer for River Hill High School and also received numerous county and state accolades playing baseball before tearing his ACL and ending his baseball career. Gold plays Division I Golf at Towson…

Mental Illness: The Full Time Job of an NCAA Athlete

Written by: Alexis Vasquez Published by: Ben Ruvo Alexis Vasquez is a Gymnast for the University of Denver, originally from Arcadia, California. Vasquez is very accomplished; in 2019 she was a WCGA Scholastic All American, a WCGA First-Team All American, a Corvallis Regional co-Champion on the beam, made the All Big 12 Conference Team, and…