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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Sydney Barber

Sydney Barber, a senior sprinter and hurdler for the Navy women’s track and field team, was announced in November as the Naval Academy’s first Black female brigade commander, a position she’ll hold during the spring semester of the 2020-21 school year.

Barber, a mechanical engineering major, is already the co-president of the Navy Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club and secretary for the National Society of Black Engineers.

In 2021, she’ll hold the highest leadership position for students at the Academy, tasked with “much of the Brigade’s day-to-day activities as well as the professional training of other midshipmen,” according to the Naval Academy’s website.

“Earning the title of brigade commander speaks volumes, but the title itself is not nearly as significant as the opportunity it brings to lead a team in doing something I believe will be truly special,” Barber said in a news release.

Photo Credit: Naval Academy Public Relations

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