Collegiate institutions and sports organizations alike have increased the awareness and needs surrounding mental-health resources. As a part of this conversation, P.A.W. Journey intentionally creates opportunities for action and reflection regarding mental wellness of its scholar-athletes. Through Coach Swinney’s support of mental-health awareness and time allocation for stress management, Clemson football is able to afford its students resources for the recharge needed in any high-performance environment.
In the fall of 2018, P.A.W. Journey instituted its first “Mental Health Wellness Challenge,” co-created by the ambassadors of the program. With an interactive checklist of various mental-health practices, each Clemson football student, as well as any follower of Clemson football’s social-media accounts, were called to perform a daily activity demonstrating the various ways anyone can recharge through mindful actions.