Boys soccer ‘kicks the stigma’ of mental illness

Metro Wire Staff

Two boys soccer teams came together Oct. 5 to help kick some stigma.

SPASH played the annual “Kicking the Stigma” game at Wisconsin Rapids on Friday, squeaking their way to a 2-1 win. While the win keeps SPASH in the undefeated column, Friday’s game was all about mental health awareness.

The soccer programs raised $6,150 for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Portage and Wood Counties. Funds were raised through t-shirt sales and other donations.

“Mental health is a forgotten condition that carries a stigma like no other health care need,” a news release from NAMI reads in part. “Over the past two years, SPASH and Wisconsin Rapids have raised funds to support NAMI in our communities and help shine a light on mental health and its impact on our families, teams, and communities.”

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