UCLA announced that Cleveland Cavaliers star and former UCLA standout committed $500,000 through his foundation to establish a new Kevin Love Fund Centennial Chair in psychology. Love’s contribution, matched by the Centennial Term Chair Match, will fund research aimed to prevent, diagnose, treat and end the stigma around anxiety and depression. The news was announced concurrent withg Love’s acceptance of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award during the 2020 ESPY Awards for his openness and advocacy around mental health.
UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) Co-Director Michelle Craske (psychology and psychiatry professor) praised Kevin for his ongoing mental health advocacy.
“When heroes like Kevin come forward and share their vulnerability, it shines a light on anxiety and depression, and that helps chip away at stigma. I want to thank Kevin for his leadership and his courage to share his personal story with the world. He has inspired and provided hope to many. Through his continued efforts, he is changing people’s lives.”
Michelle Craske and Kevin Love have appeared together several times this past year to discuss the importance of destigmatizing mental health.
Read more at UCLA Newsroom.
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Cavaliers’ Kevin Love commits $500K to UCLA mental health effort ESPN, 22 June 2020
Cleveland Cavaliers Forward Kevin Love Commits $500,000 To UCLA Mental Health Research CBS Los Angeles, 22 June 2020
Kevin Love donates $500,000 to establish chair at UCLA psychology department for mental health Yahoo Sports, 22 June 2020
NBA player Kevin Love & Michelle Craske go live on Instagram to discuss mindfulness UCLA Grand Challenges Happenings, 19 May 2020
Michelle Craske joined Kevin Love in Cleveland to talk with Cleveland Cavaliers organization about depression and anxiety UCLA Grand Challenges Happenings, 19 October 2019
UCLA’s Michelle Craske sits down with NBA Player Kevin Love for Psychology event: “Minds Matter: Raising the Curtain on Depression and Anxiety” UCLA Grand Challenges Happenings, 20 August 2019