Best Of 2020

Throughout the past year, scores of current and former local athletes and coaches have taken active roles in the fight against COVID-19 and for social justice. These are just a few of their stories. 

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Asia Stennis

On June 1, 2020, just 10 days after she graduated from Coppin State, former Eagles volleyball standout Asia Stennis began working as a nurse for the trauma center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, located in her hometown of St. Louis.

Throughout her time at Coppin, Stennis had juggled volleyball and the demands of nursing school. Now, she works three 12-hour shifts a week, helping care for trauma patients — some of whom may unknowingly have COVID-19.

“Not a lot of people can say they’re in the position that I’m in, and I’m very fortunate and very blessed to be where I am, to be able to say that I work at this prestigious hospital, in this position that I’m in with everything that’s going on, even with the pandemic,” Stennis said in November.

“I’ve lost family due to COVID. I’ve experienced a lot of traumatic events myself personally. But to be able to persevere and get through everything and still be able to say I am where I am is truly a blessing. I’m very fortunate and grateful for it.”

Photo Credits: Troy Queen/Coppin State Athletics and Sarah Stennis 

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