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Mental Health Takes Center Stage at the Philadelphia Union Foundation’s Mental Fitness Forum

In youth sports, the focus often centers on wins, losses, and physical skills. But the Philadelphia Union Foundation’s Mental Fitness Forum offered a refreshing shift in perspective. Held during Mental Health Awareness Month, the forum brought together professionals, parents, coaches, and players to discuss the critical role mental fitness plays in youth athletics.

A distinguished panel shared thought-provoking insights:

  • Emily Perrin, CEO and founder of Perrin Wellness and Performance
  • Samar Azem – Villanova Women’s Soccer Coach
  • Amber Meyerl – Executive Director at The Quell Foundation
  • James Pawelski – UPENN Professor of Practice, Director of Education, Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program
  • Suzie Pileggi Pawelski – Well Being Consultant/Co-author “Happy Together,” the first book to apply positive psychology to relationships
  • Dr. Scott Glassman, PCOM Applied Psychology Program Director

The forum wasn’t just about listening to experts; it was also about connection and community. Attendees shared their experiences, exchanged strategies, and built a network of mental health advocates in youth sports.

At Demosphere, we know that a well-run organization goes beyond schedules and payments. It’s about fostering a positive environment for all participants. By prioritizing mental well-being alongside physical development, sports organizations can empower young athletes to thrive on and off the field.

Join the “Every Story Matters Pledge Campaign” with the Union team, spread the word, and share resources to break down the stigma surrounding mental health in sports. Demosphere supports organizations that prioritize athlete well-being. Explore our all-in-one sports management software solution to streamline your operations and create a holistic youth sports experience. Let’s work together to make youth sports truly enriching for all.

Kris Baker

Kris Baker is the President of Demosphere and has been serving the Youth Sports Community since 2006.