Since write an insightful personal essay Regarding a panic attack during an NBA game in 2017, Love’s influence has gone well beyond basketball. He has encouraged others to tell their stories, and many athletes have followed suit. He continues to work to destigmatize mental health problems and founded the Kevin Love Foundation to deal with maintaining mental health.
“It is an absolute honor to receive this award and I am incredibly humble about it,” Love said in a statement. “If I can only help a suffering child tell a story about what they are experiencing, I know that my efforts have paid off.
“And I hope that someday we’ll be able to remove the stigma associated with mental illness, from public talks to mental health to encouraging people to seek help when needed, followed by research, action, and change.”
Love has also made public announcements, spoken at conferences, and advice and coping during the coronavirus pandemic.
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