BEND, Ore. - The Washington State University football team, and its fans, suffered a devastating loss in January, when quarterback Tyler Hilinski took his own life. But now, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, former WSU quarterback Drew Bledsoe and Be Bottle are teaming up to help raise money for Hilinski's Hope.
The foundation was created by Hilinski's parents, Mark and Kym Hilinski. Its mission is to educate, advocate, and remove the stigma associated with mental illness for student athletes.
Bledsoe is a brand champion for Be Bottle. He, like so many in the Cougar Nation, was affected by Hilinski's death. So Bledsoe and Be Bottle co-founder Daniel Egeland decided to create a special edition #3 bottle in honor of Hilinski and give all of the proceeds to Hilinski's Hope.
"Mental health is an issue that nobody likes to talk about, and yet it affects all of us at some point in our lives," said Bledsoe. "Tyler was a great friend and mentor for my son, John, and his absence remains ever present with his teammates, family and friends."
"We are proud to join (Tyler's parents) by presenting a special edition #3 Hilinski's Hope Be Bottle in honor of Tyler."
The stainless steel, insulated bottles with a removal bottom are being sold for $50, plus $6 shipping and handling.
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