Ontario Non-Profit Org Announces Partnership with Mixed Martial Artist Johnny Case
North Bay’s Ignite CHANGE is a local non-profit - and the work that they do supporting athletes dealing with mental health issues (anxiety, depression, etc) is recognized across North America. Research highlighting sports leadership and the positive impact that it can have on players is something that Ignite CHANGE has become well known for.
Organization Founder Devon Teeple and celebrity Mixed Martial Artist Johnny Case announced today that the two are joining forces to support the important mission of Ignite CHANGE.
Teeple said, “As the Founder of The GM's Perspective & ignite CHANGE I take great pride in in working with athletes and personalities from all walks of life. Their lives and their stories can provide the reader with more than just a glimpse into their professions, it can showcase the countless positives that truly make them standout from the crowd. I am honoured to partner with Johnny and look forward to sharing his journey to becoming a world champion.”
The GM's Perspective, a well respected source of sports related content that provides something inherently more than stats and box scores, supports the important mission of ignite CHANGE.
For Teeple, both personally and professionally, “Sports has always been the constant - with teamwork and the belonging piece always being a calming voice.”
Today, an award-winning entrepreneur and athletic mentor, Teeple himself was once a very successful athlete at both the collegiate and professional levels - so his understanding of the struggles athletes can face before, during, and after the game is not just academic.
Teeple is well known for encouraging others to make a difference about things they are passionate about, the way he does. Last year, under his leadership, Ignite CHANGE announced a $1000 scholarship “for students who need assistance to follow their passion in making a difference.” This couldn’t be more fitting, since ignite CHANGE was founded as Teeple’s own “passion project to maximize people's full potential.”
He points out that supporting each other helps all of us maximize the potential of ourselves, and others, too. “Over the years, relationships come and go,” he says, “but it's the people that stick by you through thick and thin that make all the hard work worth it. From that first time shaking hands, Johnny treated me like a friend. It's that type of mutual respect that can connect people from different worlds. It's that type of relationship that can bring about ideas with purpose to help others who cannot help themselves. That's what ignite CHANGE is all about.”