Come to an exciting evening of food, drinks, good company, and a great tennis match between the St. Louis Aces and the Sacramento Capitals. Working together to raise awareness of adolescent depression and suicide, CHADS Coalition for Mental Health and the St. Louis Aces host the first ever “A Match for Mental Health” tennis event on Wednesday, July 6 at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Forest Park. The event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with a catered cocktail party, followed by the match at 7:15 p.m. at the St. Louis Aces beautiful home court.
The Aces’ nontraditional touch involving instant replays, a co-ed format, enthused fans, constant cheering, body paint, and a music DJ combine to provide you with a match that brings a new level of excitement to tennis. You don’t have to wait for a break in the action to get up for a drink or snack, and fans are encouraged to cheer during points. Additionally, the highly-successful tennis pro Lindsay Davenport’s mean backhands and overhead smashes are sure to keep you on your feet.
“A Match for Mental Health” is unique in that it provides high-quality entertainment while supporting a great cause. All money raised will go toward the mission of CHADS Coalition for Mental Health—to advance the knowledge and prevention of adolescent depression and suicide through awareness, education, family support, and research. Tickets are $50 and are on sale now.
If you would like to purchase tickets or for more information, contact Lauren Ashley by calling 314-542-0400 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about CHADS, visit www.chadscoalition.org. For more information about the STL Aces, visit www.stlouisaces.com.
The ball’s in your court now!
In October of 2003, Chad McCord, a high school senior with a bright future, was diagnosed with depression and an anxiety disorder. Several months later, he was diagnosed with OCD (obsessing to hurt himself) and rapid cycling Bipolar Disorder. As Chad underwent treatment, he said that after he got better, he wanted to make a difference by bringing mental illness out of the closet. He wanted to stand in front of a school assembly and say, “Hi. My name is Chad McCord, and I suffer from depression.” Like so many parents before them, Marian and Larry McCord fought alongside Chad trying to help him conquer his disease, but found a health care system unequipped and often unwilling or unable to help. On April 15, 2004, Chad lost his battle with depression and died by suicide. The McCords vowed to be Chad’s voice. They created CHADS Coalition for Mental Health, an organization focused on saving the lives of our youth by ending the stigma surrounding mental illness through awareness, education and research.