Serra Senior Advocates for Suicide Prevention at the Homecoming Game
Serra Senior Advocates for Suicide Prevention at the Homecoming Game

Varsity football quarterback Luke Bottari will kick off another suicide prevention campaign at the Serra Homecoming Game against Saint Ignatius on Friday, October 19. With the support of the Serra and SI communities, he will share how people can recognize early warning signs and get local support. The pre-game program will begin about 6:40 p.m. on the Serra football field.

After Bottari lost a close friend to suicide, he channeled his grief into starting the Play4Prevention foundation.

"I wanted to create something meaningful that would help other teenagers and their families to cope with mental health issues and suicide," he said. "Our main message is not to be afraid to reach out for help; it's not a sign of weakness. At the end of the day, it only matters what you think of yourself - not what others think of you."

With the help of his mother, Natasha, and Serra Head Football Coach Patrick Walsh, Bottari established Play4Prevention, a nonprofit foundation. During the past year, Play4P has grown exponentially. Public and private high schools all over the Bay Area have participated in Play4P events.

"I've had so many incredible experiences in the past year getting Play4P to this level," Bottari said. "The schools and teens across northern California have been so supportive of welcoming a discussion on their campuses about mental health issues and removing stigmas. Honestly, I've been blessed to be meet the groups of people I have over the past year, and I can't wait to see where Play4P continues to grow."

"Luke's commitment level and love for others is staggering," said Serra Head Football Coach Patrick Walsh, who has supported Play4P since the beginning. "It's incredible that Luke can manage a full college-prep academic workload, varsity football and run his nonprofit, Play4P, all at the same time. Not only is it impressive that he is willing to take all of this on, it's even more impressive at how well he does everything in his life. Luke is a special young man and we are fortunate to have him represent himself and the Serra brotherhood as gracefully as he does."

KNBR Supports Campaign and Serra