Chamique Holdsclaw is a world-renowned athlete, advocate, and author. Her powerful story is one that speaks to all that have faced adversity. Holdsclaw’s vision is to raise awareness for mental health issues and to educate and advocate for those that feel like they are suffering alone or that there voice is too small to effect change with her concept of living “Mentally Driven: Mind, Body, & Spirit.” Holdsclaw has been traveling the country to speak on behalf of her recent documentary “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw” (2015). This poignant film gives an intimate look into the “female Michael Jordan’s” rise to fame as collegiate and professional athlete and when her career was derailed by depression and near suicide. She portrays an exemplary bravery and forthrightness, through scenes of remarkable intimacy and struggle as she seeks redemption, not just by saving herself, but also by educating and encouraging others at risk.
Last year the The Jed Foundation asked if I would participate in their The Moth storytelling program ( NYC Moth Community Showcase) . I was nervous because in building your story with your instructor you are basically shedding emotions in front of strangers. Lets just say it was an amazing experience and by the end I was blessed with some great friendships. We will be headed to the Bay Area for two Moth showcase in October for more details: classy.org/jedsanfrancisco.