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HCHF to Host Community Mental Wellness Event

Coach P

The Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation (HCHF) is proud to present a dynamic community mental wellness event “Lessons from a Secret Warrior.”  Featured speaker Joanne P. McCallie is a mental health advocate and NCAA D1 Hall of Fame Basketball Coach. The event will be on Wednesday, September 21 at 5:30pm at the Highlands Performing Arts Center (PAC).  There will be no charge for the event, but reservations are required.

Diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age thirty, McCallie learned how to manage her mental health and flourish during her 32-year coaching career.  The 2005 Associated Press National Coach of the Year, “CoachP” led Duke, Michigan State, and Maine to over 600 wins before leaving the arena in 2020 to turn her full-time attention to mental health advocacy. Now a nationally recognized speaker, she shares her story to inspire and educate others on “how to win without losing yourself.”

“CoachP is vulnerable and transparent,” says Mike Krzyzewski, Hall of Fame men’s basketball coach at Duke University. “She shares personal coaching stories throughout a very successful head coaching career regarding mental wellness, personal growth, team loyalty, and thriving with her teams through adversity.”

According to a report titled “The State of Mental Health in America” (an annual report from Mental Health America), 19.86% of adults in the U.S. are dealing with some form of mental illness. In North Carolina, specifically, the rate is 16.37%.  According to “US News and World Report,” 15.4% of adults in Macon County and 15.8% of adults in Jackson County live with frequent mental distress.  At a time when so many of all ages are experiencing some type of mental health concern, Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation is committed to raising awareness, reducing the stigma, and bolstering resources to address growing needs across the communities we serve.

“We are excited to welcome CoachP to our community and to this feature event” said Robin Tindall, CEO and Executive Director of the Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation.  “She has such an amazing story and remarkable enthusiasm to share her journey.  In the current climate of mental health in our society, we need more advocates like CoachP. We are so fortunate to have her here.”

Reservations for tickets are required.  To reserve your spot at the PAC visit,, or the PAC Ticket Office at 828-526-9047.


About Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation

The Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation was established on February 1, 2019, as a 501(c)3 public charity to improve the health and well-being of Highlands, Cashiers and surrounding communities. Together with generous donors, the Foundation aims to make positive and lasting change by supporting projects and programs that improve health and well-being in the communities we serve. Visit and to join us in Lifting Health and Well-Being, Together.

About Joanne P. McCallie

“CoachP” provides educational and motivational speeches to corporations, educational institutions, sports programs, and more.  Her deep experience recruiting, coaching, and mentoring young people from around the world to come together as one cohesive team, along with her unique methodology, make her a highly sought-after motivational expert and inspirational keynote speaker.

Career Highlights:

628 wins as a coach at Auburn, Maine, Michigan State, and Duke

32 years coached 1988 – 2020

2005 Associated Press National Coach of the Year

.721 Win Percentage

For more information about “CoachP”, visit


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