Kinesiology Students

When grief turns to hope

Within a year, former Oregon State gymnast and Kinesiology major Taylor Ricci and men’s soccer player and Finance major Nathan Braaten experienced the emotional turmoil of suicide when they lost a teammate. Through personal grief and frustration, the duo put their heads together to brainstorm ideas to bring mental health awareness out in the open.


CPHHS student Taylor Ricci part of mental health initiative to raise awareness

The experiences of former Oregon State standout gymnast Taylor Ricci and current men’s soccer member Nathan Braaten have led them to spearhead conversation around those demands through a mental health awareness initiative — #DamWorthIt.