Thursday is opening night for Minnesota’s high school hockey season, and one game is raising awareness about mental health.
Rogers’ JV and varsity teams will face Sartell/Sauk Rapids at Rogers Activity Center, and it’s coinciding with an event called “Hockey Hits Back.”
It’s hosted by the nonprofit Sophie’s Squad, which was founded this summer in honor of Sophie Wieland. She lost her life to suicide in July.
The organization’s mission is to raise awareness for mental health issues for young athletes up through college. There’s a lot of people involved in the organization, including a few of Wieland’s former teammates, like Hannah Miller.
Thanks to initiatives like these, there are still positive and meaningful movements happening around the world to counter youth mental health struggles.