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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After the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Erica Bulzomi, a senior goalie for the Goucher women’s soccer team, noticed a lot of litter on the road when she was going on walks in her hometown of Syosset, N.Y.
Bulzomi started picking it up, and to encourage others to do the same, she made an Instagram account (@quaranclean) and posted collages of the trash she had picked up. She’s been pleasantly surprised by how many friends, family and strangers have started to pick up trash because of her Instagram page.
A biochemistry and molecular biology major at Goucher, Bulzomi is passionate about making her community a cleaner place.
“I think that it’s incredibly important to leave the places that we go better than we find them,” Bulzomi said in November. “When people put litter on the road they think, ‘Ah, someone will pick it up, it’s somebody else’s job.’ Why not make it all of our jobs? Then everything would be clean. I think that that’s where the passion comes from.”
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Goucher Athletics
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