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Diverse Student-Athlete Mental Health and Well-Being Summit

Approximately 50 representatives participated in a two-day virtual summit August 10-11, 2020, in partnership with the NCAA's Sport Science Institute and office of inclusion as part of an ongoing effort to amplify the need of supporting the mental health of student-athletes and to continue efforts toward finding solutions to better support student-athletes of color. Representatives from NCAA Association-wide committees, divisional bodies and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committees, joined attendees from scientific, higher education and sports medicine organizations with the goal of developing foundational statements that will shape the NCAA’s short-term, intermediate and long-term education, research and policy efforts intended to assist the membership in addressing student-athlete mental health and well-being with a specific focus on the challenges for people of color. The NCAA’s long-term objectives will focus on infrastructure challenges and explore whether and how college athletics might play a part in addressing the underrepresentation of people of color in the professions of mental health care, athletic training and sports medicine.