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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Brandon Copeland

Gilman graduate and Sykesville, Md., native Brandon Copeland was determined to host a football camp through his foundation, Beyond the Basics Inc., for the fifth consecutive summer, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The New England Patriots linebacker typically hosts a daylong in-person camp focusing on community service, football and leadership, but this year it was held virtually. Plus, to help feed those in need, his foundation partnered with Feed the Fight MD and Tendea Family’s Emergency Grocery Initiative and created its own initiative, “Be A Blessing.”

“We definitely understand that there are a lot of people who are out here struggling to make ends meet, so we’re very conscious of that and that’s why we’re trying to help,” Copeland said in April.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the New England Patriots/David Silverman

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