My name is Devon White. And I am an alcoholic.

My name is Devon White. And I am an alcoholic. My sobriety date is November 8, 2003. I mention that first because that date is the impetus for my journey to understand myself, inside and out, cognitively, emotionally and spiritually. As far back as I can remember, I can remember anxiety. I remember going to…

Justin Bobb: My Story. My Purpose.

What I have written has been in the works for years now, so this is very important to me. It is something I have thought about often, something I have had a lot of worries about, and yet something that I have felt so strongly about, too. I am going to reveal a side of me…

Hailey Bianco: Athlete to Artist, My Beautiful Story

I’ve tried to find the words to express my thoughts but I never could. Art gave my thoughts life when my words couldn’t speak. This is my beautiful story.    I was born broken. I spent most of my childhood at Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago because of my disability. I was born without…

Kailey Conry: Against The Odds

The second you commit to the college of your dreams, you are flooded with thoughts of what will be: constantly imagining the friendships you will form, the experiences you will have, envisioning the success you hope to find in your sport. I was no different. I came into my freshman year in the best shape…

Pro Runner Jazmine Fray on Mental Health: Ten Things I Wish I Knew

Jazmine Fray, former runner at Texas A&M University, holds NCAA Division 1 titles in the individual 800-meter and the 4×400-meter relay. She is now a professional athlete at Under Armour in Washington, DC, where she is busy training and competing, as well as coaching high school track.  With a strong Catholic faith that was nurtured…

Lyneé Belton: Finding My Way

April 2nd 2014: I was warming up to play in the McDonald’s high school All-American game. A game that I had looked forward to for many years. For context, only about 24 players in the United States get selected to play in this nationally televised game. If you were chosen, you were considered the top…

NWSL Player Bethany Balcer on Self-Talk

NWSL player Bethany Balcer of the OL Reign has had an incredible start to her young professional career. Balcer was the first player in history to get drafted to the NWSL out of the NAIA collegiate league and soon became the Rookie of the Year. However, she also garnered attention for her openness about her…

Mary Banick: My Past is Not My Future

TW: sexual assault, suicide, self-harm My story begins my freshman year of college. I had started at the University of Tennessee, and I was so excited to begin my college career as a student athlete and a Volunteer. I had struggled with depression for several years prior, but I had done well to hide it…