‘It almost feels like you’re alone:’ Loss of sports taking a toll on high school athletes’ mental health

To Ryan Shimp, this year has been the hardest time in his life.He’s not alone.Sports, basketball and baseball in particular, has always been an important part of the life of Shimp, a Yorkville senior. It’s how he connects with people. It’s where he builds friendships. It is an essential part of his day, a release for his struggles and negative energies.And right now, with basketball on indefinite hold, it’s all lost.




‘It almost feels like you’re alone:’ Loss of sports taking a toll on high school athletes’ mental health

To Ryan Shimp, this year has been the hardest time in his life.He’s not alone.Sports, basketball and baseball in particular, has always been an important part of the life of Shimp, a Yorkville senior. It’s how he connects with people. It’s where he builds friendships. It is an essential part of his day, a release for his struggles and negative energies.And right now, with basketball on indefinite hold, it’s all lost.