The UPEI Men's and Women's Basketball teams are partnering with Bell Aliant this weekend to present Bell Let's Talk Night. Saturday's home games against Cape Breton University will include activities to help encourage everyone to join the conversation about mental health.
The Panther basketball teams are hosting a two-night home-stand against Cape Breton University. Saturday, the women take the court at 6:00 pm. The men play at 8:00 pm.
Greg Gould, coach of the UPEI Women's Basketball team, says his squad will be looking to build on their recent momentum.
"We have two very tough games against CBU this weekend," said Gould. "These game are extra important as we lost two close games to them at CBU. They are a big, physical team with two high scoring post players in Keough and Brown. We will need to be at our best to win."
The teams play again the next day. The women start at 1:00 pm. The men tip off at 3:00 pm.
"We are looking forward to being back at home playing in front of our home crowd," said Darrell Glenn, coach of the UPEI Men's Basketball team. "Our goal on Saturday will be to build on our performance from Acadia this past weekend. Shot selection, lots of ball movement, and defending the paint are areas where we have to get significantly better."
The teams are looking to pack the gym Saturday evening for Bell Let's Talk Night.
"I am very pleased to have our student-athletes taking on a leadership role in the promotion Bell Let's Talk in support of mental health," said Chris Huggan, director of UPEI Athletics and Recreation. "For those impacted by mental illness, stigma can be one of the greatest obstacles. I'm proud that we're part of the effort to get people talking. I hope you'll come out and cheer on our teams and support Bell Let's Talk."