Spreading suicide and CTE awareness throughout the cycling and sports communities.
The Check-In Foundation was founded by April Paige in 2016 after the devastating loss of Clay Watson (partner) and her brother Dustin. The foundation’s name spawned from a training tool used by April and Clay for their dog, Bailey. You would often hear one of them asking Bailey to “check‑in” with them. After the death of Clay, the phrase “check‑In” took on a deeper meaning and April’s new mission was clear.
The Check-In Foundation was created as a tool to help navigate the process of healing. It aims to serve as a reminder to check in with one another, to reach out, to educate, and to create awareness of the signs of CTE and mental health symptoms.
We understand that suicide is still a taboo topic in society, and that there are parallels between action sports, CTE, head concussions, and the rate of suicides. In addition to the foundation’s mission, we offer a safe place to find support without the fear of shame or embarrassment.