Kevin Love Commits $500,000 To UCLA Psychology Department
Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward Kevin Love has committed $500,000 through his foundation to launch the Kevin Love Fund Centennial Chair in UCLA’s psychology department. The investment was matched by a $500,000 donation by the UCLA Centennial Term Chair Match, according to a report by UCLA News Room.
Love is a former UCLA Bruin who has recently opened up about his own struggles with anxiety and depression. He founded the Kevin Love Fund in 2018 to help promote physical and mental health, and one goal of the foundation was to help more than 1 billion people over the next five years.
“When heroes like Kevin come forward and share their vulnerability, it shines a light on anxiety and depression, and that helps chip away at stigma,” said Michelle Craske, a UCLA distinguished professor of psychology and psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences. “I want to thank Kevin for his leadership and his courage to share his personal story with the world. He has inspired and provided hope to many. Through his continued efforts, he is changing people’s lives.”
Love recently received the 2020 Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs for his mental health advocacy.
The $1 million total investment is meant to help UCLA faculty diagnose, prevent, and treat mental health conditions. Specifically, the money will go toward a scholar in the psychology department whose research may help develop more personalized treatments for those with mental health conditions.
“I’m concerned about the level of anxiety that people are feeling. Recent events, including the novel coronavirus outbreak, have put our society under enormous stress,” Love said. “I am happy to be able to help UCLA, my alma mater, work toward solving some of society’s biggest underlying issues. I hope one day we are able to erase the stigma around anxiety and depression, and we can only do that by improving diagnosis and treatment, fostering public conversations about mental health, and encouraging people to seek help when they need it.”
The UCLA psychology department is among the top-ranked in the country. The department’s faculty has expert knowledge about anxiety and depression, which are among the leading causes of disability in the world, and they have been leading research into eliminating the effects of those conditions.
“Kevin Love has shown not only tremendous leadership, but also tremendous heart, both on and off the court,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said. “Thanks to his gift, the UCLA psychology department will be able to further its efforts to help those who suffer from anxiety and depression and the stigma that surrounds these conditions.”
The chair is still pending approval by the UCLA Academic Senate and Block before it can be officially established.
Read the full report here.