#strikeout stigma

by Chelsea Day




As a clinical neuropsychologist at Shepherd Center, I have met some of the most resilient individuals who have taught me many life lessons. Simultaneously, I am also continuously growing and learning how to be the best mother to my 10year old son. James loves the game of baseball. While I of course love seeing him get a hit and catch a pop fly while doing the scoreboard (thx Marty!) - I love seeing him tip his hat to his peer who just struck him out or his former teammate hit a bomb after being in a rut! I’ll forever be grateful for what he has learned about sportsmanship, perseverance, patience, humility, and friendship. The mental health impact of the sport of baseball and the memories and life lessons learned has forever shaped James!   

In honor of James’ 10th birthday on April 19 - feel free to donate to this amazing organization to help Countless other athletes! 


Tyler Matzek and Max Fried from the Atlanta Braves are teaming up for the 2nd Annual Strikeout the Stigma Campaign for the Athletes Against Anxiety and Depression Foundation!

Tyler and AAAD Founder China McCarney teamed up in 2022 for the inaugural Strikeout the Stigma Campaign and raised over $30,000 for Mental Health. This year Tyler is rehabbing an arm injury and still wanted to do something special to #BeTheChange for Mental Health.

Enter Max Fried.

Max Fried has joined Tyler and China this year to raise funds and awareness for Mental Health as well as normalize the conversation around the topic. Tyler and Max will be donating $100 each for every strikeout that Max records in the 2023 season! You can get involved and create a fundraising goal of your own within the campaign. You can contribute one time donations or pledge a donation per strikeout as well.

100% of the funds raised at AAAD go towards creating Mental Health Resources for those in need! Our number one resource, and where AAAD allocates a majority of funds raised, is to our FREE THERAPY Resource where AAAD connects individuals in need of Therapy to Mental Health Services and covers the cost for a period of time.

Tyler and Max's commitment to help AAAD and those suffering from a Mental Health battle is incredible. Help us Be The Change for Mental Health and provide the resources and awareness to those in need!

How would you like to support?