Trae Young praises Kevin Love after Cavs star wins Arthur Ashe Courage Award
Kevin Love will be the recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award during Sunday’s 2020 ESPY Awards show in recognition of his tireless work promoting mental heath awareness.
Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young took to Twitter to congratulate the Cleveland Cavaliers veteran for receiving the well-earned honor. What’s more, Young noted how Love bravely and publicly confronted his own mental health issues allowed him to do the same.
Well Deserved @kevinlove ! Mental Health is REAL ! Something I was scared to really express at one point in my life… you helped change that for me bro ! SALUTE https://t.co/wi0EIObf4S— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) June 19, 2020
In reaction to the sentiments expressed by Young, Love later tweeted out his gratitude.
https://t.co/csiQlQBWj9— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) June 19, 2020
Love suffered a panic attack on Nov. 5, 2017 during a game and later penned a powerful essay for The Players’ Tribune about the incident and its aftermath.
Love also later shared his experiences in a provocative piece by ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan detailing the NBA’s approach to addressing mental health issues affecting players in the league.
Since then, Love has been an outspoken advocate regarding the destigmatization of mental health issues, saying at one point that he aspires to be part of “the greater good” beyond the world of basketball.
Recently, Love has sought to raise awareness of how existing mental health issues can be exacerbated by the isolation caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
When asked to describe his reaction to winning the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, Love said he was “incredibly humbled” by it and called the recognition a “profound honor.”