Former Duke University women's basketball coach, author, and mental health advocate Joanne P. McCallie will serve as our Fall 2021 Leo W. Seal, Jr. Speaker on Wednesday, October 13 at 6 p.m. in Bettersworth Auditorium. Sponsored by the MSU College of Business, Student Affairs, and Health Promotion & Wellness, McCallie--one of the winningest collegiate coaches in the country (628-243 record)-- will share the inspirational story of her mental health journey as told in her book, Secret Warrior: A Coach and Fighter, On and Off the Court.
"Secret Warrior is a compelling memoir following Joanne McCallie's mental health journey through the realities and challenges within the sports world. Using the recurring theme of "faith over fear" to reduce the stigma associated with impaired mental health and encourage those suffering from mental health issues to reach out to coaches, student-athletes, and to all people across the world-Joanne offers real direction, experiences, and personal stories to teach and reassure those adversely affected by the dynamics of the mind and body experience. Motivational and heartfelt, Secret Warrior drives home the need for more education, stories, action, and an overall change to the narrative about brain health."
The event is free, and all students, faculty, staff, and the Starkville community are welcome to attend.
**The first 100 people in attendance will receive a free copy of McCallie's book, Secret Warrior.