By Dwayne Tingley
The Kitchener-Waterloo Titans have shared important messages about the importance of addressing mental health issues.
The National Basketball League of Canada team partnered with the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council (WRSPC) and the Canadian Mental Health Association for their Make Noise for Mental Health game on Jan. 30 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.
Leading up to the game, which was a victory over the visiting London Lightning, several players shared their messages and thoughts about the significance of mental health and everyone's need for support.
Before the game, LiUNA 837, a long-time partner of the Titans, presented a $2,000 cheque to the WRSPC. The DROm team led an enlightening Noise Making half-time show.
The council also provided My Life Matters T-shirts that were tossed into the crowd. The players wore them proudly during the pre-game warmup and on the bench during the game.
Messages also came fro other partners, including Front Line Forward, which encouraged spectators to support their friends and families.
"The fans went wild," said Melissa Melnychuk, the Titans' vice-president of sales and marketing manager.
"There was all kinds of noise in support of mental health during the game, and ultimately all that energy led the Titans to a win," she added.