Kate Fagan provided an insightful conversation about mental helath with the Bexley community on Sunday, October 6, 2019.
Fagan’s visit was a part of Bexley Be Well: A Community Conversation About Wellness. Bexley Be Well is a mental health initiative, which Bexley City Schools along with community partners from around central Ohio started during the fall of 2019. Bexley Be Well’s launch event was on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. A screening of the film “Angst” was shown, followed by a panel discussion with experts in the mental health field.
The Bexley City School District is pleased that this initiative is presented in collaboration with the following community partners: Bexley Public Library, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, City of Bexley, Bexley Chamber of Commerce, Columbus School for Girls, Capital University, Gramercy Books, and Jeffrey Mansion Preschool. Financial support for Bexley Be Well is provided by Bexley Education Foundation and Bexley Community Foundation.
Kate Fagan is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller, “What Made Maddy Run”, which spent a month as the No. 1 New York Times bestseller on the sports list. “What Made Maddy Run” was long-listed for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. Fagan is also the author of the coming-of-age memoir, “The Reappearing Act”, about her experience coming out while playing basketball at the University of Colorado.
Kate Fagan spent seven years as a columnist and feature writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine and as on-air talent for ESPN. Fagan hosted “Outside the Lines” and “E:60” and was a core member of OTL's staple Friday afternoon show, “The Friday Four”, alongside Bob Ley and Jeremy Schaap. She also made 150 appearances on ESPN's ”Around the Horn” and served as the show's first female host in 2017.
While at ESPN, Fagan was a founding member of the first all-female national sports radio show, “The Trifecta”. She also co-hosted, on ESPN radio, the national radio show “Will & Kate with Will Cain”, and was a co-host for three years on the popular FiveThirtyEight podcast, Hot Takedown. Fagan's writing has won numerous awards, including being selected for The Best American Sports Writing.
Before joining ESPN, Fagan spent three seasons covering the Philadelphia 76ers for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She also played professional basketball in Ireland and in the NWBL, for the Colorado Chill. She and her wife, Kathryn Budig, live in Charleston, SC with their two dogs.