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Putting Mental Health First: Spry and TWN’s Initiatives for Student-Athlete Well-Being

Spry Partners with Tackle What's Next

Spry partnership with Tackle What’s Next will provide student-athletes with Mental Health resources across a variety of topics.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness and breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health issues. The importance of mental health cannot be overstated, as it impacts all aspects of our lives, from our relationships to our work performance and overall well-being.  

It’s essential to recognize that mental health struggles are common, and seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Mental health awareness month serves as a reminder to prioritize our mental health and seek support when needed.

To this end, Spry has teamed up with our partners at Tackle What’s Next to bring awareness to this important issue through a joint campaign throughout the month of May. Spry and Tackle What’s Next are providing educational content to student-athletes on the following topics:

  • Be Kind and Patient With Yourself
  • How To Navigate Stress as A Student-Athlete
  • How to Step Back When you are Overloaded
  • Overcoming the Invisible Opponent: Mental Health Skills for Student-Athletes
  • Starting Conversations About Mental Health
  • The Forgotten Group: The Mental Health Crisis Among College Athletic Administrators
  • The Power of Asking for Help

This effort will reach over 100 institutions and 20,000 student-athletes on Spry’s platform.  

In addition to mental health awareness, Spry and Tackle What’s Next have collaborated to provide content across a variety of relevant topics including personal finance, branding, networking, professional development, and social justice initiatives.  

“Spry and Tackle What’s Next are aligned in our mission to prepare student-athletes for a life beyond sports,” said Spry CEO Lyle Adams. Tackle What’s Next CEO Danielle Berman added, “It’s so important for student-athletes to feel a sense of community and support around their lives outside of the game. We are grateful to the team at Spry for further spreading this message and changing the narrative with the student-athletes they support.”

About Tackle What’s Next

Tackle What’s Next is a community for athletes transitioning from sport to what’s next. TWN’s mission is to change the narrative around life after sports by creating conversations, building community, and sharing resources for athletes about what’s next.

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Jackson Donanue


Jackson graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019 where he was a 4-Year Starter and a Captain of the Men's Basketball team. Prior to joining Spry, Jackson gained experience in an array of different industries including Technology (SaaS), Hospitality/Operations, eCommerce (Start-Up), and Consulting. Jackson also holds a Master's Degree in Sports Management from Columbia University.