The USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation (MTEF) is proud to collaborate with The Scars Foundation on raising awareness of mental health. This is one of the hardest issues facing people today. Athletes, including the tennis community is not excluded from this, as we have recently seen across the sport as well as other sports. It is our vision that we open the dialogue and reduce the stigma about this topic for young and old not just in our tennis community but in all communities. No one should have to suffer in silence or feel alone, MTEFs collaboration with The Scars Foundation will complete a wholistic offering of resources as part of our total health initiative.
The Scars Foundation was established by Sully Erna and rock band Godsmack to help raise awareness of the mental health issues that so many are faced with today. With the rise of suicides, bullying, addiction, abuse and so many other challenges, The Scars Foundation is dedicated to help provide resources, tools, and to educate and empower those who struggle with these challenges. The Scars Foundation is determined to help people learn how to accept these imperfections and embrace them as their battle wounds from life, to own them, and show them off proudly to the world, rather than hide them and suffer in silence.
In a few words: “We are all Imperfectly Perfect.”
Grace Notes Project
The Scars Foundation has sponsored many projects, one of which is called Grace Notes Project, and this is the initiative will be launching in Detroit, June 19th. It was born from the need and desire to help those who struggle with mental health issues to experience live music. The general purpose was to provide a forum/venue for musicians who want to give back using their talents to offer service to “underserved, under recognized communities”.
The creator of this project understands the power of music and how that power can transform someone’s day, life, moment…. from one of loneliness and desperation, to one of joy. Music is virtually the only “medicine” that universally has a profound positive impact on people. The Grace Notes Project is about giving back to the underserved communities and lifting spirits.