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Feel Good Friday: Corey Makes Mental Health Awareness a Priority; Mitrani On Shred Hate Day

We can all use some feel-goods these days; Front Row will bring you all the feels on Fridays through the goodness of familiar ESPN faces

Mike Corey (L) and Jack Mitrani
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Front Row is expanding on “FGF” goodness every Friday as we put our own spin on the segment by highlighting the “good” being done by familiar faces from around ESPN who are helping to make others – and themselves! – feel good. This ongoing series showcases even more ways that ESPN is #OneTeam, signifying how we are all in this together.

One of the regular Friday highlights now ingrained in daytime SportsCenters is a segment called “Feel Good Friday.” It’s self-explanatory.

Today, co-anchors Nicole Briscoe and Randy Scott will feature two FGFs, one involving Stephen F. Austin coach Colby Carthel and another featuring triathlete Jay Hewitt.

Here at Front Row, we have established our own FGF and it continues today with the efforts from ESPN play-by-play commentator Mike Corey, who’s helping raise mental health awareness.

Earlier this month, Mental Health Awareness week’s annual theme was “What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know.” For ESPN play-by-play commentator Mike Corey, the theme was especially resonant as he was on hand for the Fall opening of “Sean’s House” in Newark, Del., “a support center for high school and college students struggling with depression or other mental health issues.”

Corey, a University of Massachusetts alumnus, has long been involved with University of Delaware sports and Sean’s House was created to honor former Blue Hen basketball player, Sean Locke, who took his own life in July 2018.

On his own time and with the help of several friends and the Locke family, Corey produced a heartfelt, mini-documentary about Sean.

In this video, Corey explains his connection to the Lockes and his pride in being able to help others. Corey will be on Saturday’s call for the SEC clash featuring Kentucky at Missouri (SEC Network, 4 p.m. ET) along with analyst Matt Stinchcomb and sideline reporter Dawn Davenport.


ESPN held its inaugural X Games Shred Hate Day Oct. 22, part of an ongoing anti-bullying initiative. Highlighting the effort was an afternoon panel on the X Games YouTube channel featuring skier Gus Kenworthy, BMX rider Mykel Larrin and skateboarder Jordyn Barratt – seen in the tweet above – as well as a pledge for fans and partners to commit to choosing kindness. Mitrani reflects in the video below.

– Olivia Wilson

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