Former WNBA Star Chamique Holdsclaw and NHL Goalkeeper Clint Malarchuk Talk Mental Health at the UWS

Wednesday night was important at the University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS).

Kicking off their fall speaking 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 track and field.

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

Holdsclaw, also an Olympic gold medalist at the 2000 Sydney Games, shared with UWS student-athletes and the campus community 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 skateboard cut his neck, as well as subsequent struggles with depression, anxiety and alcoholism.

It was all in an effort to help de-stigmatize mental illness in the sports world and beyond.

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