Crimson and Gray game moving back to Pullman for 2019, focusing on mental health

Crimson and Gray game moving back to Pullman for 2019, focusing on mental health
2018 Washington State University Athletics

Washington State Director of Athletics Patrick Chun announced Friday the the school plans to bring back the spring football to Martin Stadium, beginning in 2019.

The annual Crimson and Gray Spring Football Game has been played at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane since 2011, approximately 80 miles away from Martin Stadium.

In conjunction with the 2019 Crimson and Gray Game, Cougar Athletics and WSU student affairs will host “Gameday for Mental Health,” an initiative that will provide more information surrounding mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

The WSU community is still grieving the death of Tyler Hilinski, a former Cougar football player who died by suicide in mid-January. Hilinski was expected to be the starting quarterback for the 2018 season.

“The Crimson and Gray game will give us a platform to do something unique for our campus,” said Chun. “Bringing more awareness for suicide prevention and mental health is something very close to our hearts. This day will benefit our students, faculty, staff and greater community.”

“We are all committed to bringing our Cougar family together to draw attention to the needs of our students, including our student-athletes,” said WSU Vice President for Student Affairs Mary Jo Gonzales.

More information on the 2019 Crimson and Gray Game will be announced in the months to come.