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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Isaiah Rogers’ time with the UMBC men’s basketball program began as a team manager, but he ended up playing two seasons (2017-2019) with the Retrievers and had a chance to play in an NCAA Tournament game (against Kansas State in 2018).
Rogers, who majored in biological studies at UMBC, is now working as a medical assistant for Padder Health in Maryland and helps handle COVID-19 testing.
“I thank God every day that I had the opportunity to play a sport and to participate at such a high level because every day I’m faced with the same jitters I get before every game,” Rogers said in May. “I’m nervous, I’m shaking, but you know what? I have that comfort level of knowing that I’ve been here before.”
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Isaiah Rogers
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