Department of Athletics

USM SAAC Hosting “Spike the Stigma” Volleyball Tournament

USM Husky mascot playing volleyball.

Mental Health Awareness – Support, Not Stigma

GORHAM, Maine – Huskies’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in partnership with University Counseling Services and The ROCC (Recovery Oriented Campus Center) is hosting a Mental Health Awareness volleyball tournament, “Spike the Stigma” on Sunday, October 14 (4:00 – 6:00 p.m.) in Hill Gymnasium on the Gorham campus of the University of Southern Maine. Contact USM SAAC Advisor and Head Women’s Basketball Coach Samantha Allen at Samantha.j.allen@maine.edufor more information or to submit a team.

The “Spike the Stigma” volleyball tournament is sure to be action-packed, fun and a display of outstanding athleticism by all who participate.  The event is free of charge and open to all USM community members. With teams comprised of 6-8 people, Spike the Stigma Champions will be crowned out of a single-elimination format, with brackets created once teams have entered. Games will be played to 15, and prizes will be awarded to the tournament champions. Along with volleyball action and competition, University Counseling Services and The ROCC will be on-hand at the event providing educational materials, and student-peer speakers will be present sharing their stories of how reaching out and seeking assistance changed their lives for the better. 

“After last year’s Kick the Stigma Kickball tournament, we wanted to continue to offer a fun and relaxed atmosphere for people to learn about on-campus support options regarding mental health,” said SAAC Vice President Katie Howe of the women’s basketball team. “We also wanted to change up the athletic competition to keep it exciting, and the volleyball team inspired us with Spike the Stigma. Although “spike” is no longer used in the sport, it is a strong word illustrating that there is no place for stigma when it comes to ensuring mental health.”   READ MORE