The daring and very talented American tennis player Frances Tiafoe serve the aces for Mental Health and Tennis HBCU programs. BetterHelp announced a partnership with Tiafoe, Venus Williams and Taylor worth $3 million to provide free mental health therapy to beneficiaries in need.
“Mental health has been overlooked for many years,” Frances told HBCU Legends. “I wanted to help, and when the partnership opportunity presented itself, I was all set to make it happen. It will help so many people.”
“19.86% of adults suffer from a mental illness. The equivalent of nearly 50 million Americans. 4.91% suffer from a serious mental illness. The prevalence of adult mental illness in the state ranges from 16.37% in New Jersey to 26.86% in Utah. » Mental Health America
Mental stress has affected even the most competitive athletes in recent years. From Simone Biles to Naomi Osaka, A-list sports celebrities have been forced to take a mental health break from sports to focus on their well-being.
‘BetterHelp’ for better mental health
Frances, 24, knows well the stress and pressure of being a rising star in professional tennis. Currently, he is ranked 19th in the world and sits behind partner BetterHelp and 11th ranked Taylor Fritz among the men with the highest chance of winning a major singles championship for America. In September, Frances came very close in the semifinals of the 2022 US Open where he lost to tournament champion Carlos Alcaraz.
The tennis phenom’s partnership with BetterHelp alleviates a significant problem: cost. “I’m a big advocate for mental health care, but it can get quite expensive. A lot of people struggle, men and women.” Frances believes the BetterHelp site and questionnaire will let patients know they can safely take care of their condition.
Frances HBCU connection
During his youth, tennis resources were not abundant for Frances and her twin brother Franklin, even though her father was the head of maintenance at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland. At age five, his Sierra Leonean immigrant father, Constant Tiafoe, found ways to introduce his sons to the sport. Most HBCUs have a similar challenge, access to financial sponsorship and resources for their tennis players.
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“I think HBCUs have so much talent there, don’t they,” Frances remarked. “But obviously putting money into HBCUs will help. They just need a structure to improve their skills and abilities. We need to put them on a level playing field where it makes sense.”
The HBCU National Tennis Championships took place in Atlanta, Georgia at the South Fulton Tennis Center from September 15-18. The Alabama State University men won the 2022 Men’s National Championship and the Xavier University of Louisiana women won the 2022 Women’s National Championship trophy.
The other 2022 HBCU National Champions are as follows:
- Men’s Singles A Champion – Jonasz Dziopak (TSU)
- Men’s Singles B Champion – David Jeanne-Grandinot (ASU)
- Men’s Singles Champion C – Nereo Suarez (XULA)
- Men’s Double A Champions – Jacobi Bain / Vander Woody (XULA)
- Men’s Doubles B Champions – David Jeanne-Grandiot / Matis Amer (ASU)
- Women’s A Singles Champion – Jasmine Boyd (AAMU)
- Women’s Singles B Champion – DRAW; Unfinished FAMU vs. ASU
- Women’s Singles C Champion – Alejandra Hidalgo
- Women’s Double A Champions – Veronica Rodriguez / Andrea Quiroz
- Women’s B Doubles Champions – Tianna Dixon / McKenna Wheatley (XULA)
Frances concluded, “Working with BetterHelp is great. I hope people can find value in their lives and maintain balanced mental health.”
“It’s easy to overlook our mental well-being when we’re wrapped up in our daily lives,” says Alon Matas, president and founder of BetterHelp. “We’re thrilled to be working with these amazing players to remind people to take care of themselves while providing free resources to do so.”
To learn more about BetterHelp’s mental health services and the possibility of receiving one month of free BetterHelp therapy, please visit www.betterhelp.com/tennis.
world mental health day will take place on October 10, 2022.
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