Leidos signs U.S. track and field star Raven Saunders
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Leidos is a proud sponsor of U.S. track and field star Raven Saunders.
Why you should know: Saunders is a decorated shot-putter and champion for mental health awareness. She showcases what is possible when physical health, mental wellness and human performance are optimized. Leidos and Saunders will work together to help raise awareness and end the stigma surrounding mental health. Her personal story gives her an authentic voice to help others.
Specifics: Through the sponsorship, Leidos will help relieve Saunders of the burden on many professional athletes to work day jobs to get by. The support will help Saunders focus on her professional goals and mental health platform, acting as a role model for others experiencing difficulty.
Background: In 2016, Saunders sought help to overcome trauma she experienced as a child. Later that year, she was competing again at the highest level. Her experience taught her valuable lessons she believes can help others. Since her recovery, she’s been spreading her message.
From the source: “To partner with Leidos as a Total Health Champion is an honor and a major step in our pursuit, as a team, to educate the world on issues related to mental health, the resources available and the need to destigmatize the stereotypes surrounding it,” Saunders said.
More and more famous athletes are speaking out on the topic of mental healthcare:
- Michael Phelps shared how he’s mentally coped during the pandemic.
- Gracie Gold spoke out about her struggles in an HBO documentary.
- Simone Biles opened up about how she deals with her anxiety.
Please contact the Leidos media relations team for more.