Plant a Tree. Plant a Hope.

Learn more below about our tree planting charity donation program and our charitable partner, Hilinski’s Hope. Help this worthwhile cause by planting in the Hilinski’s Hope Grove located in California.  10% of the price of your gift tree purchase will be donated to the Foundation to directly help fund its programs helping to promote the well-being of student-athletes and eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness.

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Hilinski’s Hope Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to promote awareness and education of mental health and wellness for student athletes. The Foundation’s mission is to educate, advocate, and eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness, while funding programs that provide student-athletes with the tools and resources that support their mental health and wellness.

The Hilinski’s Hope Foundation (H3H) was founded in 2018 by Mark and Kym Hilinski to honor the life of their son Tyler. Tyler was a top quarterback at every level and played collegiately for Division 1 Washington State University where he wore the uniform with number 3. Many describe Tyler as the happiest person in any room and on any field.  He always had a smile on his face and kind words for his friends and teammates.  Tyler will best be remembered for his play in the Boise State game. Ty was put into the game in the 4th quarter with less than 10 minutes to play and WSU was down 31-10.  Three overtimes later, Tyler threw the game winning touchdown to Jamal Morrow. WSU fans rushed the field and the WSU players hoisted Tyler on their shoulders. From that moment on, Ty became known as the “Comeback Kid”.

Although Tyler always believed in happy endings and that good was around every corner, Tyler simply couldn’t endure the pain he must have been suffering. Just a few months later Tyler died by suicide on January 16, 2018.  Tyler never showed any signs of depression or struggle.

WSU Quarterback Tyler Hilinski

H3H helps colleges and universities save lives, eliminate stigma, and scale mental wellness programs for student-athletes. H3H does this by sharing Tyler’s story, connecting students with mental health resources, and assisting universities to institutionalize best practices. H3H envisions a world where mental health is supported in parity with physical health and equally prioritized by universities as connected to athletic performance.

Tyler Hilinski hoisted on teammate's shoulders after a victory

When ordering, please check “Trees for a Cause – Hilinski’s Hope” under Tree Planting Location to ensure your tree(s) is planted in the Hilinski’s Hope Grove and a donation is made to the Foundation. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Click here to learn more about Hilinski’s Hope and its programs.

Tyler Hilinski watching a beautiful sunset.