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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Sarah Mirr

Soccer wasn’t played at Loyola in the fall, but Sarah Mirr, a junior midfielder on the women’s team, has stayed busy.

Mirr is part of Loyola’s Student-Athletes For Social Justice and the Patriot League’s Anti-Racism Commission. The SA4SJ held a virtual town hall with Loyola student-athletes Nov. 1 to discuss their views about discrimination in the athletic department and what campus police can do to make them feel safer, then held a follow-up meeting Nov. 6 to figure out the next course of action.

As part of the Patriot League commission, Mirr and men’s soccer senior Evan Peters created the Black Student-Athlete Coalition, which offers Black student-athletes at Loyola opportunities to share their stories and find ways to serve their community.

“I think it’s been a really inspiring, motivational opportunity for me,” Mirr said in November. “Through the connections I’ve made, we’ve been able to start new things I think are going to be really helpful for our student-athletes in the future. I think it’s been really inspiring, and I’m excited to see what we can all work for in the future right now.”

Photo Credit: Craig Chase/Loyola Athletic Communications

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