Cleveland Guardians pitcher Aaron Civale mental health awareness

Civale teamed up with Wilson to raise money for LifeAct, a nonprofit organization focused on youth.

CLEVELAND — Mental Health Awareness Month may be over, but June marks Men’s Health Month. Cleveland Guardians pitcher Aaron Civale uses both to show those around him that you’re not alone. He admits that he is trying to keep his head above water on the hill. But playing baseball isn’t as easy as it seems.

“But it’s hard to play this game, there’s a lot of pressure, a lot is happening,” Civale says.

So Civale gets on the board. He teamed up with Wilson Sports to create a custom glove for mental health awareness. For every glove purchased, $20 goes to LifeAct, a nonprofit that educates young lives about the importance of mental health. The effort has raised $3,120 for charity.

“I had no idea this was something they did, so it was pretty cool to find out about it first. But two, how quickly they were willing to jump on it and work together to do that,” recalls Civil himself.

The matter is close to their hearts for Civale and his fiancée Fran. Both lost friends to high school suicide.

“Aiming at that age in the first place is definitely something that comes close to home, but it’s such a delicate age,” Civale says. “Everyone is figuring out who they are, who everyone is, what the world is, there’s pressure to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life. You’re 14, 15, 16 years old and you’re trying to “Deciding which university to go to. When you go to university, you have to think about what you want to study, and most people don’t even know who they are.”

As an athlete during Men’s Health Month, Civale also wants to let his teammates know that there is always someone to listen.

“At least something I’ve experienced while communicating and knowing that there are a lot of other people going through it with you, it’s reassuring. You can work things out with the guys and know you’re going through it together and everyone is just nice of battle.”

Civale wants to be that person, even if he’s not the most outspoken on the team.

“I’ve said this from the start, I don’t want to be remembered as just a baseball player, I don’t want to be remembered just as just a pitcher. I’m not the most vocal person, but I think doing things like this is just a step in the right direction.”

For more information about the services LifeAct offers, click here.

Wilson has already sold out the left-handed version of the glove, but you can still buy the right-handed version here.

Editor’s Note: The video in the player above was originally published in an unrelated story on May 11, 2022.

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