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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Varun Ram

Former Maryland men’s basketball guard Varun Ram is leading the D.C./Maryland/Virginia branch of Connect for COVID-19, which aims to put electronic devices into the hands of COVID-19 patients in need.

Since the summer, Ram’s branch has worked primarily with Howard University Hospital. Electronic devices are donated from individuals and corporations; corporations have also donated money for new tablets.

Ram said his time on the Terps helped him understand the importance of family during difficult times.

“It doesn’t really get much more challenging and tough than what these patients are going through in self-isolation,” Ram said in November. “To have to go through that alone is what really hit me as, ‘Wow, I just can’t imagine how difficult that would be.’ So I think being able to connect these patients with technology to friends, family and loved ones … [is] the one thing that I thought would really help these patients kind of get through this process.”

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Maryland Athletics

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