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Pictured from left to right, Callan Jackman, Sierra Bishop, Emily Nagel, Caleb Etter, Jennifer Ruan, Christian Porter Lubbers, Sarah Connolly, Kristina Peterson and Benny the Beaver. These members of the Dam Worth It team pose with uplifting signs at the Jan. 20 OSU Men’s Basketball game vs. the University of Washington Huskies in Gill Coliseum.

Dam Worth It celebrates five years, speaks toward the growth of mental health awareness

When Dam Worth It was first founded back in 2017, co-founders Taylor Ricci and Nathan Braaten had no idea of the impact it would have on the Oregon State community five years later. Since the creation...

Nathan Braaten and Taylor Ricci, both student-athletes, founded the Dam Worth It Campaign out of a desire to help instigate change around the topics of mental health and suicide.

Athletes utilize platforms to bring awareness to mental health struggles

Isabelle Taylor, Sports Contributor
August 30, 2021

When Team USA Gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the 2020 Olympics Gymnastics all-around final and team final, her decision provoked a conversation that aims to help end the mental health stigma surrounding...

OSU Basketball senior center Gligorije Rakocevic goes for a lay-up against California in Gill Coliseum.

Graduating student-athletes ‘grateful’ for time at OSU

Matthew Brooks, Sports Contributor
June 10, 2019

With the 2018-19 school year coming to a close, Oregon State Athletics watches another go-around of senior athletes walk across the stage at commencement and onto other things in life. Oregon State Men’s...

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Dam Worth It takes message beyond OSU

Alexis Campbell, News Contributor
March 4, 2019

Over a year after Oregon State University athletes Nathan Braaten and Taylor Ricci founded the Dam Worth It campaign to bring awareness to student athlete mental health, its impact continues to grow in...

Senior middle blocker Kory Cheshire watches through the net as a teammate sets the ball during practice.

Beaver football, volleyball, soccer prepare for 2018 season

Jarred Bierbrauer, Editor-in-Chief
August 13, 2018

FootballComing off of a 1-11 season, the Oregon State University football team is looking to join forces with new Head Coach Jonathan Smith to rebuild in the upcoming year.Smith said he is anxious to get...

Nathan Braaten and Taylor Ricci, both student-athletes, founded the Dam Worth It Campaign out of a desire to help instigate change around the topics of mental health and suicide.

Dam Worth It campaign changes mental health conversations

Arianna Schmidt, News Contributor
May 14, 2018

Editor's note: This story has been edited to avoid direct mentions of self-harm, but discusses the topic and impacts of suicide. Reader discretion is advised.The Dam Worth It campaign on Oregon State...

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