Arapahoe and Regis Jesuit teaming up to raise awareness and money for mental health

Arapahoe Pomona girls basketball generic

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The girls and boys basketball programs at Arapahoe and Regis Jesuit are coming together for a cause during a pair of foundation games on Saturday.

Last year, the Arapahoe and Regis Jesuit girls teams played a foundation game to show support for teens struggling with mental health. There were more than 2,000 people who attended that game, and the program's raised more than $11,000 in support of organizations, including The Second Wind Fund and Judi's House.

This year, the school's boys teams are also joining the cause. Together, all four programs are hoping to "bring light to the mental health challenges of our Colorado teens includes struggles with depression, anxiety, suicide, eating disorders, and drug/alcohol abuse and we want to part of a movement to provide greater access to solutions for our beloved teens!"

It is a topic that is of great importance throughout the state. This year, CHSAA is mandating that all coaches take a course on student mental health.

This year's foundation games will take place at Arapahoe on Saturday night, with the girls playing at 6 p.m., and the boys following at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Cash or check donations at the front door will allow for entry.

In addition, the Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets and others have donated items for a silent auction.

Donations are tax deductible and all proceeds raised from the event will be provided to The Second Wind Fund, Judi's House and the BTR Foundation.

Fans unable to attend can still support the event by visiting this site.