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Caring for each other during the pandemic

Women's Basketball coaches donate sandwiches to frontline workers

During the COVID-19 crisis, members of the UW Women’s Basketball team remain connected to their sport, their schoolwork and their teammates. Thanks to Zoom and FaceTime, their virtual gatherings with the coaching staff mirror those being held by every Husky team to nurture student-athletes’ studies, morale and team spirit.

“It’s been challenging, for sure,” Head Coach Jody Wynn says. “But at the same time, it’s been a healthy break for our girls to spend extended time home with their families. When they do return to campus, they’ll be that much more ready to go.”

In between maintaining those connections with the team, the coaching staff branched out in April to connect to their community as well. Coaches Derrick Wynn, Michelle Augustavo-Fisher and Paul Reed joined Jody in purchasing 50 boxed lunches to deliver to the coronavirus ICU team at UW Medicine.

“It was our way of giving a little something back to the caregivers who are risking their lives to treat people who have the virus and to help end this pandemic,” Jody explained. “Hopefully, it brightened up their afternoon.”

It did indeed. Jody received a personal letter of thanks from UW Medicine CEO Paul G. Ramsey, MD.

“Your in-kind gift of dozens and dozens of lunches for our UWMC Montlake caregiver teams is fueling our remarkable staff working tirelessly in exceptional circumstances,” Dr. Ramsey wrote. “Just as you do on the court, you are making a huge impact at an extremely critical time.”

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