ONE LAST GOAL.
One Last Goal is a non-profit endowment established through the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, dedicated to providing resources at the intersection of contact sports and mental health.
MISSION & HISTORY.
In honor and memory of our dear son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, uncle, friend, and teammate Matthew William Benedict, we established a non-profit endowment through the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo on the day immediately following Matthew's death by suicide.
The objective of this everlasting fund from its inception on July 2, 2019 is to reach those who are suffering from the devastating effects of mental illness as Matthew did. While Matt knew of and freely shared his own struggles, he also realized that his was a challenge that untold numbers of other young adults faced. He devoted his most lucid moments in his last five years to helping others face their struggles, bringing awareness to the plight of mental illness, and combatting the stigma associated with depression.
Matt was our rock, our ray of sunshine, and an enormous source of pride even as he continued to struggle internally. We believe that Matthew would want any donations in his name to be used to establish and support efforts that help students and athletes who suffer from mental disease, raise awareness about brain damage, and aid in the enormous challenge of suicide prevention. The trustees of this endowment, in consultation with a variety of professionals in the fields of mental health, education, athletics, law, and others, are deeply committed to working towards Matthew's one last goal - providing specific avenues of support for individuals like himself who feel as though nobody understands them and that they have nowhere to turn.
Please consider a donation in memory of Matthew. Together, we hope to honor Matthew and preserve his legacy of generosity, good will, and compassion for the rest of our lives and beyond. Thank you for joining us on this journey.
"No more hiding. No more silence. Speak up... Tell everyone you love them every single day and treat those you don't know with the same love. Start the conversation now... life is precious... and listen... don't just hear, but listen to those you love and everyone around you... make sure they know they matter."
- Matthew Benedict, 2015