Stanford Athletics affirms commitment to student-athlete mental health

Department implements additional counseling following death of Katie Meyer ’22

March 3, 2022, 11:01 p.m.

Following yesterday’s announcement of the passing of Katie Meyer, a senior co-captain and goalkeeper on the women’s soccer team, the athletics department has reiterated and expanded its mental health support services for student-athletes. 

Director of Athletics Bernard Muir sent an email to all student-athletes that highlighted supplemental athlete-specific resources in addition to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and other campus-wide resources. The department will now have Athletic Academic Resource Center (AARC) advisors and athletic trainers on hand at the AARC and athletic training room Monday through Friday.

The advisors and trainers are not necessarily mental health professionals, but Stanford Athletics also encouraged athletes to schedule an appointment with the sports psychology staff. 

“It is worth noting that the AARC and athletic training spaces are intended as gathering places for our athletics community to process this tragedy together, and they are different from the Sports Psychology resources which pair trained mental health professionals with student-athletes,” an athletics representative wrote.

Numerous teams have paused practice since Meyer’s death on Tuesday. 

Although Stanford Athletics is not yet “able to share any official plans for paying tribute to Katie,” according to an email from an athletics representative, the student body at large and several teams have already honored her publicly.  

The women’s soccer team organized a candle lighting ceremony to honor the senior on Wednesday night at Cagan Stadium — the very venue in which Meyer played and practiced for the last four years.

The women’s basketball team, which is currently in Las Vegas for the Pac-12 Tournament, held a vigil of its own to honor Meyer, who was a vocal supporter of women’s sports. 

Members of the women’s basketball team also honored Meyer in their Thursday afternoon game by wearing “KM” wrist tape and Stanford soccer t-shirts pre-game. Also on Thursday, members of the men’s volleyball team similarly wore “KM” wrist tape and wrote the letters on their sneakers in their game versus Concordia. Men’s basketball also honored Meyer with Stanford soccer warm-up shirts before they faced Arizona. 

Cybele Zhang '22 is a Senior Staff Writer and Desk Editor from Los Angeles. She is double majoring in English Literature with Honors and German Studies and previously served as Sports Editor — Vol. 255, 257 and 258.

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