September 16, 2016
Jayne Appel-Marinelli of the San Antonio Stars has been awarded the August WNBA Community Assist Award presented by State Farm for her efforts to raise mental health awareness and give back to children in the San Antonio community.
Appel-Marinelli is passionate about reducing the stigma around mental health, so throughout the month of August she teamed up with Bring Change 2 Mind to appear in various public service announcements to raise awareness. In partnership with the Clarity Child Guidance Center, Appel-Marinelli and fellow teammates participated in several recreational therapy sessions to support local youth in their battles with mental illness. She also played an instrumental role in the Stars’ Mental Health Awareness in-arena night inspiring fans to join her in the fight.
Every month, the WNBA chooses one player from across the league to receive the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by State Farm. The award honors the WNBA player who best reflects the passion that the league and its players have for giving back to their communities.