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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Ellis McKennie III

For Ellis McKennie III, the time between finishing his football career at Maryland in 2019 and starting at George Washington University Law School in 2020 was scary.

His father, Ellis Jr., was hospitalized for nearly a month with COVID-19 and spent about two weeks in a medically induced coma.

After his father was released from the hospital, McKennie spoke about the importance of taking COVID-19 seriously.

“The fact that my father was able to recover from this, I just feel so extremely lucky and blessed for my family and for him that we were able to overcome such a difficult disease that’s been devastating this world,” McKennie said in April.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Maryland Athletics

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