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Basketball Stars To Talk About Mental Health And Sports In Englewood Thursday

Athletes, medical professionals, and journalists will explore how professional sports teams are approaching mental health on and off the field.

Basketball stars Metta World Peace (l) and Chamique Holdslclaw (r) will join a discussion on mental illness and the NBA Thursday at the Kennedy Forum's Spotlight Series.
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ENGLEWOOD — As the best basketball players in the world descend on Chicago for NBA All-Star Weekend, community leaders are taking advantage of an opportunity to bring some of that attention to the issue of sports and mental wellness.

On Thursday, former basketball star Metta World Peace and the WNBA’s Chamique Holdsclaw will be part of the Kennedy Forum Series, a program created by former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy to address mental health equity.

The conversation will explore how professional sports teams and players are adopting mental wellness practices on and off the court.

Other participants include former Ball State standout Trey Moses, Los Angeles Times Columnist LZ Granderson, Washington Post Columnist Kevin Blackstone, NBA Mental Health and Wellness Director Dr. William Parham, NCAA Nurse Jessica Wagner, Project Wish Founder Mckinley Nelson and Chicago Park District Area Manager Phillip Nelson.

The discussion will be held at Kennedy-King College’s main auditorium, 740 W. 63rd St., at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased via Eventbrite.