CalHOPE Courage Award

About Associated Press

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About CalHOPE

CalHOPE is a multi-level campaign run by DHCS to connect people with vital mental health and wellness resources and information to help them find their way during difficult times. CalHOPE offers critical behavioral health crisis counseling programs and uses a public health approach that is focused on strength-based strategies of building resiliency and connecting people to the support they need. CalHOPE partners with the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Mental Well-Being to promote the CalHOPE Courage Award.

CalHOPE resources may be accessed by calling the program’s warm line at (833) 317-HOPE (4673) or by visiting

About College Sports Communicators (formerly CoSIDA)

A 3,600-plus member national organization, comprised of the athletic communications, media relations, digital, and creative professionals throughout all levels of collegiate athletics in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1957, the organization is the second oldest management association in intercollegiate athletics. The organization’s signature program is the Academic All-America program, honoring thousands of outstanding scholar-athletes annually.

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About Ronnie Lott

At the CalHOPE Courage Award Ambassador, Mr. Lott will help raise awareness of the program and the inspiring stories of courage. Following an All-America football career at the University of Southern California (USC), the Rialto, California native was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the eighth overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft. He helped lead the 49ers to four Super Bowls in 10 seasons, and then played four more seasons with the Los Angeles Raiders and New York Jets. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 in his first year of eligibility. A successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, Lott, who lives in Cupertino with his wife Karen and children Hailey, Isaiah, and Chloe, was recently named to the Governor’s Advisory Board on Physical Fitness to ensure Californians, especially youth, get the physical exercise and self-care they need to thrive. In 2004, In 2004, he lent his name to the Lott IMPACT® Trophy, given annually to the college football defensive player who makes the biggest impact on his team both on and off the field. To date, the program has helped the Pacific Club IMPACT® Foundation raise over $1.4 million for numerous charities throughout California and the country.