Denver boxing/MMA coach and veteran hopes to shed light on suicide prevention awareness at this weekends fights

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – As Sparta Sports and Entertainment prepares to host its “Sparta WY V” on Saturday at The Outlaw Saloon, a Denver boxing/MMA coach and Marine Corps veteran is hoping to bring awareness to suicide prevention. Coach Vern Earwood will have a booth at the event and is hoping to use his platform to let those in need know, that there’s help out there.

“The things that are taking place out there in the world today that puts somebody in a position to feel like that’s their only answer, it just cuts close to home. I’ve lost military brothers and sisters, I’ve lost family members, I’ve lost close friends, I myself have traveled down a pretty dark road to where I’ve had bad thoughts in my head and I was able to come back.”

Earwood encourages people attending the event to come talk to him. He’ll have shirts available and said all the money he raises at his booth will be donated to four nonprofits that focus on suicide prevention including: 22 Until Valhalla, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, National Institute of Mental Health, Mission 22.

Earwood will also be sharing his fitness routine with people, which he calls 6 series 22 and aims to workout people mentally and physically.

“Whenever you can focus on yourself, push yourself, motivate yourself to do something, you can block out that negative and the bad. If you can push through doing a push up, then you can continue that focus and push past mental barriers that affect all of us every day.”

Earwood appreciates Sparta Sports and Entertainment for giving him this opportunity at its event. For more information on the event, you can head to its website here.

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