Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love has had a busy summer. The All-Star put pen to paper on a four-year, $120 million contract extension with the Cavs in July, and has now started a foundation that prioritizes mental health and wellness.
Love has spoken publicly about his battle with anxiety and depression, among other mental illnesses, alongside fellow NBA players such as San Antonio Spurs’ All-Star DeMar DeRozan. He announced his new foundation, the Kevin Love Fund, on the Today Show on Tuesday:
“We’re beating down the stigma as much as we can.”-@kevinlove dropped by to tell us about his new initiative to help people improve their physical and emotional well-being, the Kevin Love Fund pic.twitter.com/NRSH2CIccZ
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 18, 2018
“Today I’m starting the Kevin Love Fund, which is going to empower people to really work on their physical, but also their mental well-being because we know that is so huge. It’s really a special time. We’re beating down this stigma as much as we can.”
Love also spoke on his panic attack during an early-season contest against the Atlanta Hawks in November, which forced him to leave the court mid-game. He has since been seeing a therapist and has been doing a tremendous amount of work to end the stigma surrounding mental illness.
The Kevin Love Foundation has partnered with brands such as Bring Change to Mind and the Just Keep Livin Foundation and Headspace, all who prioritize comforting those with mental illnesses.