Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw and NHL goaltender Clint Malarchuk talk mental health at UWS

Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw and NHL goaltender Clint Malarchuk talk mental health at UWS

Wednesday night was big at the University of Wisconsin-Higher (UWS).

To kick off their fall lecture series, the Yellowjackets welcomed former NHL goaltender Clint Malarchuk and former WNBA star, three-time NCAA national champion Chamique Holdsclaw to campus to talk about mental health in athletics.

“There’s no cure. I’m going to have good days, but how bad is recovery? It’s a constant process for me, but the same way I’m trained to be a player amazing basketball, I’m trained the same way when it comes to my mental health,” Holdsclaw explained.

Holdsclaw, also an Olympic gold medalist from the 2000 Sydney Games, shared with UWS student-athletes and the campus community about her personal struggles with depression and how she found help.

Malarchuk told the story of his difficult past, including a near-death experience on the ice when a skate cut his neck, as well as subsequent struggles with depression, anxiety and alcoholism.

All with the aim of helping to destigmatize mental illness in the world of sport and beyond.

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