NBA star Kevin Love has been honored by a Boston-based foundation for his work to remove the stigma associated with mental illness.
The Ruderman Family Foundation on Thursday honored the Cleveland Cavaliers star with its annual Morton E. Ruderman Award.
in her statementThe foundation said Love “has taken repeated steps to eliminate mental health stigma by sharing stories of his struggles with depression, anxiety and other challenges” helping more than 1 billion people over a five-year period.
Loew expressed his gratitude to the organization for honoring him with the award, and highlighted other professional athletes who have publicly shared their struggles with mental health.
“Over the past few years, athletes around the world have shown us incredible courage by highlighting the toll of mental health that comes with extreme stress. By doing so, they have helped start a cultural shift around mental health,” Loew said in his statement when Speaking for the first time about my mental health struggles, it changed my life.
“Our goal at Kevin Love Fund is to inspire people to live healthier lives while providing the tools for mental and physical health. We are on a bold mission to impact one billion people over the next five years.”
Love, who won an NBA championship and an Olympic gold medal, shared his struggles with his mental health at a 2018 Players Tribune ArticleHe revealed that he had been seeing a therapist for several months after a panic attack during a game.
Love recently established the Kevin Love Fund Chair at his alma mater, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Psychology to diagnose, prevent, treat and de-stigmatize anxiety and depression, according to the statement.
“Kevin has been instrumental in both word and deed in removing the stigma of mental health and bringing this long-awaited conversation into the open, while expanding access to much-needed resources,” said Ruderman Family Foundation President Jay Ruderman.
He has served as a role model for countless people facing mental health challenges, who can now use his courage and determination as a guiding beacon. We are proud to honor Kevin with the Morton E. Ruderman Award for this inspiring effort.”
The Morton E. Ruderman Award, named after the foundation’s founder Morton E. Ruderman, and previous winners include actress Tajiri B. Henson, U.S. Olympian Michael Phelps, and actress Marley Matlin, According to the Associated Press,