New Ohio State head coach Ryan Day announced Wednesday that he and his wife Christina are starting a fund for pediatric and adolescent mental wellness. The Day family will be creating the fund with the help of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Day, in the announcement, revealed that his father committed suicide in 1988 – when he was just nine years old. Day and his wife will be contributing $100,000 of their own money to kick off the fundraising efforts.
Here’s more, via Nationwide:
The topic of mental health and wellness is deeply meaningful for the Days. They, like so many others, have been impacted by the loss of a family member to suicide. Ryan Day’s father died by suicide in 1988 and as a result, they are passionate about supporting mental health advocacy, behavioral health research and prevention efforts. Ryan and Christina also have committed a personal contribution of $100,000 with the unveiling of the Fund.
“We are excited to join the national On Our Sleeves movement in support of children and young adults living with mental illness,” said Ryan Day, head coach of The Ohio State University football team. “There is a vitally important connection between mental health and physical health and we want to help children and young adults who do not wear their thoughts on their sleeves when it comes to mental health issues.”
Ryan Day, who lost his father to suicide when he was just 9 years old, and his wife Christina announced the creation of The Ryan and Christina Day Fund for Pediatric and Adolescent Mental Wellness at Nationwide Children's Hospital this morning: https://t.co/hVRVN2iBNn
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) June 5, 2019
Day played quarterback at New Hampshire before beginning his coaching career in 2002. In 2017, he joined Ohio State’s staff at the co-offensive coordinator and the quarterbacks coach. He served as the interim coach during Urban Meyer’s suspension in 2018.
If you’re interested in contributing to Day’s new fund, you can do so here.