Stanford Women’s Soccer Team Honors Former Captain Katie Meyer, Raising Mental Health Awareness

STANFORD, Calif. (KGO) — Friday marked a heartfelt and important night for the Stanford soccer community, which still mourns the loss of the women’s team goalie, Katie Meyer, to suicide in February.

A sold-out crowd swarmed Cagan Field for an evening of mental health awareness as the Stanford women’s soccer team took on UCLA.

“It’s been tough, for sure. We miss her every day, but we’re playing this season and we’re still playing for her,” said Andrea Kitahata, a sophomore with the team.

Kitahata wearing a jersey with Katie’s No. 19 – in her memory – butterfly stickers were distributed and stuck on everything from t-shirts to water bottles, signifying mental health awareness.

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“We just want to raise awareness about mental health and make sure we get rid of the stigma and everyone knows they’re being supported mentally and physically as athletes,” Kitahata said.

Tara Campbell: “Why do you think it’s important that we talk about mental health?”

Shelby Everhart plays football for the Mill Valle team: “Because it’s good that they understand that others may be going through the same thing.”

Everhart says Katie’s death – is still being felt.

“I felt really sad that anyone could feel this and that even when they were on the Stanford football team – team captain and all that,” Everhart said.

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And for parents of next-gen players, like Wendy Verret, it’s a night full of meaning.

“I think it’s really special that they can be part of this understanding of what it means to be able to reach out and say ‘hey, I need help’ and be educated on awareness about mental health,” Verret said.

“These girls are all like our sisters and we were all very close to Katie – and that’s mental health awareness – there’s nowhere else we’d be,” said Arsenal player Carlo Agostinelli. men’s team, noting that this season is dedicated to Katie.

“We think of her every day and we just want to make her proud and make sure she’s looking down on her,” Agostinelli said.

“Katie was amazing,” Kitahata said. “I miss her so much and we always play for her and she is always in my heart.”

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