Pain Into Purpose Virtual Event This Afternoon

January 23, 2023 | 0 Comments

Cal Athletics is hosting a special virtual Pain Into Purpose educational and empowerment session this afternoon [Jan 23] from 4.00pm to 5.00pm, and “the people of Bermuda are welcomed to join the virtual experience.”

A spokesperson said, “The Pain Into Purpose Bermuda movement has continued to be embraced by the University of California, Berkeley Athletics Department/Cal Athletics, who are partnering to highlight road safety and wellness awareness through the Cal Athletics Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging & Justice [DEIBJ] Office that Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas leads as Associate Athletics Director of DEIBJ.

“Cal Athletics is hosting a special virtual Pain Into Purpose DEIBJ Playbook educational and empowerment session from 4.00pm to 5.00pm today, and the people of Bermuda are welcomed to join the virtual experience.

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“There will be a special tribute video [Paul DeShield productions] that includes a song by gospel recording artist Duawne Starling and an acknowledgment of the late Kijani Burgess and a number of athletes who have recently passed away.

“NFL offensive lineman Syrus Tuitele will be a special guest, as well as mental health and wellness professionals. Cal Athletics coaches, staff, student-athletes, and Cal’s Athletic Director—Jim Knowlton—will also be in attendance.

“Please click here to register for this virtual event. You will receive a confirmation email that will include the Zoom link that you will use this evening.

“Pain Into Purpose day was started by Bermuda Institute students after their 11th grade classmate, Kijani Burgess, passed away in a moped/motorcycle accident. His classmates and family have sought to pivot the pain of the experience into something productive.

“The Cal Athletics DEIBJ office plans to use this Pain Into Purpose movement to support our student-athletes with road safety and overall wellness resources. We plan to focus on the fact that road safety is a we, involving pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, and car/bus/truck drivers; and wellness is for all, including learning healthy grief practices, navigating injury and rehabilitation, prioritizing mental health, and overcoming adversity. An element of diversity that people do not always talk about is the diverse journeys of overcoming adversity and the different ways that people grieve.”

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