Several WMU athletic teams took 68-second moments of silence Wednesday in honor of Jamal Williams, a former Bronco who was killed by security in an Indiana Hospital this June.
The moments of silence were taken as the Mid-American Conference recognizes mental health awareness week, as Williams was checked into Community Hospital in Munster, Ind. for concerns about his mental health. Williams wore No. 68 for the Broncos.
The WMU student-athlete advisory committee announced that the athletics programs would be honoring Williams with a Tweet Wednesday afternoon.
Good afternoon everyone. Today is day 3 of #MentalHealthAwareness week, and we as an institution are dedicating this day to a former bronco athlete who we miss deeply. 💛#SilenceFor68 #ItsOkayToNotBeOkay pic.twitter.com/utrK60ZQYl— WMU SAAC (@WMU_SAAC) October 14, 2020
Later in the day, WMU softball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, gymnastics, and men’s and women’s soccer shared images of the team taking a moment of silence during their respective practices in remembrance of Williams.
On Tuesday, WMU athletics focused on who the student-athletes, coaches, and other athletic staff were outside of their sports. All week long, athletic departments around the conference are focusing on mental health initiatives.
The mental health awareness week is part of a larger initiative from the MAC called Taking MACtion, a program that focuses on mental health awareness, education and support, and diversity and inclusion.