By Athletic Communications Assistant Alex McKeon
BEREA, Ohio – The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a number of unprecedented challenges for people of all ages. For students pursuing a college degree who happen to come down with the illness, the isolation needed to recover could prove difficult for a plethora of reasons.
For many college students, attending a university is a chance to experience independence for the first time. If a student is confined to their dorm room for the purpose of isolation, it could create a unique situation where a student is truly alone for the first time in their lives. Luckily, the Baldwin Wallace University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has created a program to ease that stress and make those days easier.
Under the direction of Laura Demaline, the Head Coach of the Yellow Jackets Swimming & Diving program and the Coordinator of Student Athlete Services, the athletic department has developed an initiative to send care packages to quarantined students.
"Our BW Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is always looking for ways to improve our student-athlete experience,” said Demaline. “We are a committee made up of Yellow Jacket athletes, so when we heard of our fellow athletes and BW students being in quarantine and isolation due to COVID-19, we knew that we had the resources to try to make the situation just a bit better. Care packages from home have a way of brightening our day - just knowing that someone is thinking about you; we thought the same would be true for our BW students in quarantine/isolation.”