Jake O’Connor: Now Is No Longer The Time For Silence

As our social media feeds seem to be returning to “normal,” The Hidden Opponent wanted to highlight an especially poignant perspective from a Black former student athlete. Jake O’Connor played football at the The College of William & Mary. He graduated in 2012 and has since taken up CrossFit. The following text and photos were…

Nicole Pacapelli: My Battle With My Mental Health and Loving Who I Am

Nicole Pacapelli currently coaches women’s soccer at Binghamton University. She previously coached at The University of Richmond, Queens College, and her alma mater, the University of New Haven. Pacapelli served as a two year captain while playing at New Haven and earned various accolades as a standout midfielder. After college and before coaching, she continued…

Emma Gee: The First Out LGBTQ+ Athlete at Brigham Young University

Emma Gee first published her coming out story in July 2019 in OutSports, an online platform dedicated to telling the stories of LGBT athletes. Emma has graciously allowed us to repost her story. This upcoming fall, Emma will be attending Temple University in Philadelphia where she will complete her final outdoor track season and pursue…

My Mental Health Through Quarantine: An Athlete’s Perspective

By Hailey Bianco, Intern I’ve been reflecting on the COVID-19 quarantine period and all I can think is that this has been such a weird time in our lives. As I’m sure many can relate, these past three months have felt like a year. At first, I was disappointed that my spring season was canceled,…

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…