Aubrey Ennis is a star on the court, as point guard for DelVal Women’s basketball assisting on and off the hardwood.
However, her journey as an athlete transcends the confines of the basketball court, as she embarked recently on a journey to become co-ambassador for Morgan’s Message, a national initiative dedicated to raising mental health awareness.
In collaboration with the Morgan’s Message, Aubrey is set to use her influence and passion to make a profound impact, both within the world of student athletics and in the wider community. Join us as we delve into the inspiring story of Aubrey Ennis and her incredible journey as an athlete, treasurer, and advocate for positive change.
“Morgan’s Message” is a poignant and inspiring initiative dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and advocating for its significance in our lives. Named after its founder, Morgan, who bravely shared her personal struggles with mental health, this movement serves as a beacon of hope for countless individuals grappling with their own mental well-being.
In the exhilarating world of student athletics, there are those who rise above the rest, not only in their prowess on the court but also in their dedication to making a difference off the hardwood. Aubrey Ennis, a remarkable student-athlete, is one such individual who epitomizes the spirit of commitment and leadership. As a standout basketball player, Aubrey has not only excelled in her sport but has also taken on the role of treasurer in the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, showcasing her aptitude for both teamwork and financial acumen.
When asked what influenced you to become an ambassador for Morgan’s Message Aubrey said, “What influenced was the need for something on campus, I feel like we do not have enough resources for student athletes here on campus. This will give us a chance to promote mental health in our student athletes, while also giving them a safe space and a community where everyone can relate to one another. I have always wanted to take that next step into providing something on campus and Morgan’s Message was my best option.”
This message is crucial because it highlights the importance of not stigmatizing mental health issues and fostering open conversations. By sharing personal experiences and offering support, Morgan’s Message promotes a more compassionate and understanding society, where those facing mental health challenges feel seen, heard, and encouraged to seek help. In a world where mental health concerns affect so many, Morgan’s Message reminds us that it’s okay not to be okay and encourages everyone to be a part of the solution, ultimately paving the way for a more empathetic and inclusive future.
When asked why mental health is so important upon student athletes, Aubrey said, “When it comes to student athletes, I feel like we are constantly stressed out. Between getting our schoolwork done and practicing every day except for one, it takes a toll not only on your physical health but also your mental. A lot of student athletes feel as if they can’t speak up when they are feeling down and even feel like the way they feel mentally doesn’t matter. We are constantly under so much pressure and wanting to preform good for our team. We are constantly struggling to balance out both school and our sport. I think it’s important for everyone to know that they are not alone in the battles they face and that the way they feel is valid.”
Aubrey was asked to give some insight where this mission came to mind and to talk about some of her personal experiences battling mental health as a student-athlete, Aubrey said, “I have always struggled with my mental health. I never decided to keep it a secret and I was very open about it. Being open about it made it easier for other people I knew to speak up about. Last year with it being my first year as a collegiate athlete, I struggled a lot with my mental health. I always looked down on myself for not preforming as well as I did in high school, and I would constantly find myself putting too much pressure on myself. It was also a lot trying to manage a new environment and classes along with my season being so long. Overtime though, I learned how to balance everything between playing basketball, schoolwork, and basically living on my own.”
This story is a great example of Aubrey embodying what it is to be a team player and what it means to care for others. If you would like to keep up with ‘Morgan’s Message’ at Delaware Valley University please follow the instagram page @dvu_morgansmessage.