Hilinski’s Hope partners with NCAA to promote mental health



From left: Mark, Ryan and Kym Hilinski hold up three fingers in honor of Tyler Hilinski as members of Hilinski’s Hope raise the flag before the first home football game of the season Sept. 8, 2018 at Martin Stadium.

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen deputy sports editor

Hilinski’s Hope Foundation will partner with the NCAA Sport Science Institute to increase mental health awareness in college athletics, according to a press release.

“The NCAA Sport Science Institute is proud to partner with Hilinski’s Hope to identify effective strategies for increasing the adoption and implementation of best practices for understanding and supporting student-athlete mental wellness at all NCAA member institutions,” said Dr. Brian Hainline, chief medical officer for the NCAA, in the release.

Kym and Mark Hilinski launched the foundation after their son Tyler died by suicide on Jan. 16, 2018. The goal of Hilinski’s Hope is to honor the former WSU quarterbacks life and bring attention to student-athlete mental health.

Hilinski’s Hope has sponsored mental health training’s for student athletes at several universities over the past year that incorporates a bystander intervention program and a mental health training course.