Over the last two months there have been a number of student-athlete suicides.
Three high-profile college student-athletes have taken their own lives.
Katie Meyer, 22, March 1
Katie Meyer, 22, a promising young sportswoman killed herself in her Stanford dorm
In March, Katie Meyer, a promising young sportswoman killed herself in her Stanford dorm after feeling pressure to be ‘perfect’ and ‘number one’ in the weeks leading up to her death.
Meyer was reportedly the fourth Stanford student to die by suicide in the past 14 months.
According to her parents, Katie might have been ‘triggered’ after receiving an email, notifying her of an impending disciplinary hearing after being involved in an unspecified incident on campus, in which she defended a teammate.
The athlete was found dead in her dorm room with what a coroner has determined to be self-inflicted wounds, just days after complaining of knee pain from a February surgery.
Meyer, a senior majoring in international relations and minoring in history at the surgery, also posted photos of her using crutches following the, as she went to get a coffee and played with Star Wars Legos.
Things seemed to be going well after that, as she shared photos from practices and spoke about how she was getting coffee with friends before going to a sorority dinner.
But four days later, Meyer was found dead in her dorm room.
Meyer’s was the goalkeeper for the Stanford women’s soccer team
Meyer, of Newbury Park, California , earned national fame in 2019 after she made two critical saves to help the Cardinals win their third NCAA championship (pictured: playing for Stanford)
Sarah Shulze, 21, died April 13
The California native took her own life after a battle with mental health issues. Her family said ‘balancing athletics, academics and the demands of everyday life overwhelmed her in a single, desperate moment’
In April, Sarah Shulze, a runner, took her own life after a battle with mental health issues.
Shulze, of California, passed away ‘suddenly and tragically’ on April 13 in Wisconsin surrounded by her loved ones, according to a statement from her family.
‘Sarah took her own life,’ the family said two days after her passing. ‘Balancing athletics, academics and the demands of everyday life overwhelmed her in a single, desperate moment. Like you, we are shocked and grief stricken while holding on tightly to all that Sarah was.’
‘Sarah regarded herself as a champion for all women, as did the many family members, friends, students and athletes who surrounded her,’ the Shulzes added.
The 21-year-old’s ‘legacy of compassion’ lives on in those who were recipients of her organs, which the family donated on Good Friday. Her relatives also plan to launch a foundation ‘that will be established to continue to support the causes most important to Sarah.’
Shulze’s parents say they hope her suicide helps others to better understand the fragility of mental health.
The star runner, originally from Oak Park, California, was a junior at Wisconsin. Her devotion to her dela sport, which the family says began on her high school track and cross-country teams, resulted in an athletic scholarship at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Shulze was in her third season with the Badgers, competing in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. She earned academic all-Big Ten honors in 2020 and 2021 for cross country and in 2021 for track.
Star University of Wisconsin student-athlete Sarah Shulze, 21, passed away ‘suddenly and tragically’ on April 13 surrounded by her loved ones
Shulze was in her third season with the Badgers, competing in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. She earned academic all-Big Ten honors in 2020 and 2021 for cross country and in 2021 for track
Lauren Bernett, 20, died April 26
Bernett played as a catcher on the team (pictured) and was named the softball Player of the Week in the Colonial Athletic Conference just last week
A standout James Madison University softball player, who was part of the school’s historical run last year in the NCAA Division 1 tournament, died at the age of 20 on April 26 by an apparent suicide, authorities said.
Lauren Bernett, of Pennsylvania, was a sophomore catcher with the third-highest home runs and second highest RBIs on the team. Her death was classified as a suicide, the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office said.
The news came just a day after Bernett was named the softball Player of the Week in the Colonial Athletic Conference.
Bernett was named the CAA Player of the Week after batting .788 (7-for-9) with seven RBIs and four runs during a three-game weekend sweep of Drexel. On April 16, she tied a single-game JMU record with seven RBIs in a game against College of Charleston.
During the Women’s College World Series in 2021, she helped the Dukes advance to the Women’s College World Series for the first time. They made headlines there with a 4-3 win against No. 1-ranked Oklahoma in their opening game.
Officials from the local sheriff’s office said that the student-athlete’s death is not being treated as a crime.
Student-athlete Lauren Bernett, 20, died last month, according to a statement from James Madison University. Bernett was a sophomore on the school’s softball team
The local sheriff’s office near the college in Harrisonburg, Virginia, said the student-athlete’s death is not being treated as a crime. Pictured: Bernett in a JMU uniform