The Our Lady of Lourdes Varsity Lacrosse Coach, Allie Imperati ’14 is rallying her team to support Morgan’s Message, a non-profit with the mission to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health within the student-athlete community and equalize the treatment of physical and mental health in athletics. 

Coach Imperati spoke about her connection with this cause, “It’s something near and dear to my heart. It came to me through word of mouth, with my connection to the Santoro family. I also thought it was a very relatable cause for our girls to get involved in and I did my own research before I brought the idea to our team. Morgan had suffered an injury that took a major toll on her mental health and played a role in her unfortunate departure. I immediately sympathized and related to her. I had played at the D-3 level, and it was a serious injury that ended my career. 

Athletes are told to be tough and strong, work through any aversion they meet. My experience definitely took a toll on my mental health, and I’m lucky to say I overcame that, and am now back involved in a sport I love. 

Exposing my team to Morgan’s Message helped me create a safe environment where these tough situations and feelings can be discussed. Being able to discuss frustration, anger, sadness brought on by pressure from athletics, family, and school can change the trajectory of these young athletes’ careers. 

I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and kind words from our one game last spring. This season we have grown to have 7-8 teams involved. Last year I had one student ambassador, this year I have 5. The girls are eager to be involved and end the stigma surrounding athlete mental health. The team and I have organized bake sales, and raffles through donations for our play day, and all of the proceeds will be going to Morgan’s Message. I’m hoping to get a big showing on March 26th to grow the awareness of such a special cause.”

For more information on Morgan’s Message visit https://morgansmessage.org