Claritycon Brings Kate Fagan to SA to Talk About a Powerful Subject

Monday 01st, February 2021 / 11:26 Written by
Claritycon Brings Kate Fagan  to SA to Talk About a Powerful Subject

Claritycon Mental Health Conference to Feature Kate Fagan, Author of “WHAT MADE MADDY RUN”, at KLRN TV Station Feb 5th

If you can’t make Claritycon event live, you can still catch it on demand!

The February 5, 2021 Claritycon will feature Kate Fagan, author of “WHAT MADE MADDY RUN—The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen”.

The book spent a month as the No. 1 New York Times bestseller on the sports list and long-listed for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing.  Maddy Holleran was a UPenn athlete who committed suicide in 2013. 

Fagan is also the author of “The Reappearing Act” about her experience coming out while playing basketball at the University of Colorado. 

She spent seven years as a columnist and feature writer for and ESPN The Magazine and as on-air talent for ESPN—hosting Outside the Lines and E:60 and as a core member of The Friday Four.

She also made 150 appearances on ESPN’s Around the Horn, and served as the show’s first female host in 2017.  She 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 been selected for The Best American Sports Writing. Before joining ESPN, she played professional basketball in Ireland and in the NWBL for the Colorado Chill. She and her wife live in Charleston, South Carolina.


“Success plus achievement equals happiness:  that’s the equation that it seems like we’re teaching a lot of middle schooler and high schoolers, even if we don’t mean to be,” Fagan said during a speech earlier this year. She shared that the pressures Holleran faced balancing difficult academics, competitive sports and keeping a social life are the factors that led her into depression, and eventually to suicide.  

Other speakers presenting at the Feb 5 Claritycon are

  • Melissa Deuter, MD, on “The Effects of COVID-19 on Mental Health of Young People: Long Term Outcome Considerations in Vulnerable Populations (Including LGBTQ+).”

Registration is now open for the three socially distant options for attendees:

  • Attend live, socially distant audience at KLRN TV station on the day of event from 8 a.m. – noon.  In-person tickets are very limited and subject to change, based on city ordinance.   In-person attendees may change to the online livestream option at any time.
  • Watch a livestream online on day of event.
  • Access recordings of the event after-the-fact.
  • FYI:  group reservations are available.

Claritycon attendees include child psychologists, social workers, pediatricians, educators, childcare providers, school counselors, special education teachers, Child Protective Services specialists, Juvenile Justice workers, small counseling offices, students and others. 


“By providing professional education at Claritycon and mini-Claritycon events, Clarity CGC furnishes the information, tools and resources for professionals who work closely with children to be able to proactively identify, assist, de-escalate and appropriately refer kids who need help with their mental health,” says Jessica Knudsen, LCSW—president and CEO of Clarity CGC.

They also provides CEUs at affordable cost to ensure that licensing and certification requirements can be met by those working for nonprofits or other agencies at lower wages.

For more information, contact or 210-593-2148, or visit

Clarity Child Guidance Center is the only nonprofit in South Texas providing a continuum of mental health care for children, ages 3-17, and their families. 

It works with kids, families and educators to manage children’s health care illnesses ranging from ADHD and anxiety to suicidal ideation, bipolar disorder and/or schizophrenia.  

Clarity CGC provides professional education and CEUs at Claritycon™, its annual children’s mental health conferences held throughout the year.  In 2019, it reached 10,700 professionals and community members to educate and promote awareness.

Clarity Child Guidance Center honors Methodist Healthcare Ministries with their Community Leaders Award for Claritycon 2020-2021. 

USAA Foundation is underwriter for Claritycon.

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