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A world without sports

By Tony Garcia, Yousef Nasser, Josh Skinner and Allegra Zamore
Medill Reports

In a matter of hours, the sports world changed. This half-hour documentary recounts those harrowing days leading up to the cancellation of the NCAA Basketball Tournament and how COVID-19 changed the sports landscape as we know it. From Texas to Germany, from collegiate swimmers to a sports psychologist, we set out to tell the stories of those in the sports world affected by the coronavirus.

Photo at top: A World Without Sports.(Leila Nasser)

Study abroad cut short

By Allegra Zamore
Medill Reports

College students across the country often look forward to studying abroad across the globe. With a global pandemic and travel bans put in place, students around the world were forced to come back to the United States quickly. Many feel their experiences were cut short as they were unable to fully immerse themselves into their respective cultures.

Photo at top: Bowdoin College student, Matt McCarthy, studies abroad in Barcelona, Spain. (Matt McCarthy/BOWDOIN)

Personal trainer adapts to stay-at-home orders

By Allegra Zamore
Medill Reports

Personal trainers and fitness instructors are finding new ways to reach clients in their homes. Caitlin Akey, a personal trainer and Orangetheory Fitness coach, has been offering donation-based workout classes to keep her fitness community motivated over the last few months. Akey tells Medill Reports how she plans to ease into coaching in person once stay-at-home orders are lifted.

Photo at top: Caitlin Akey leads workout class on Zoom. (Caitlin Akey/Orangetheory Fitness)

Festival canceled for first time since WWII

By Allegra Zamore
Medill Reports

The annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival takes place each Spring in Winchester, Virginia. Due to COVID-19, this was the first year since WWII that the festival was canceled. That didn’t stop local community members from celebrating from a distance.

Photo at top: Winchester residents paint their property to celebrate Apple Blossom. (Emmy Kappler/Winchester)

COVID-19 on campus

Allegra Zamore
Medill Reports

The coronavirus pandemic has created a difficult landscape for both administrators and college seniors. University teams have had to make tough decisions, and may face even more challenging times as the fall semester gets closer. It’s clear that no one has the right answer, but everyone is just trying to make the best of the situation.

Photo at top: Shenandoah University campus in Winchester, Virginia. (Scott Spriggs/Shenandoah University)

COVID-19: Stories from across America

By Allegra Zamore
Medill Reports

In this April 19-25 special report, COVID-19: Stories from across America, Medill Reports looks at how the global pandemic is affecting Americans across the country in politics, mental health, and the NFL draft.

From Phoenix to Detroit, New England to Virginia, and everywhere in between, find out how the coronavirus is changing the way we live.

Photo at top: Social distancing sticker displayed at a Target in Waterford, CT. (Allegra Zamore/MEDILL)

Coping with quarantine: How a sport psychologist is helping student-athletes stay on track

By Allegra Zamore
Medill Reports

After the onset of COVID-19 student athletes were left mourning cancelled seasons. With their dreams put on hold, for many students the pandemic is taking its toll on their mental health. University of Virginia sport psychologist Jason Freeman has been working virtually with student-athletes to help them stay on track mentally and physically. Freeman places an emphasis on setting realistic expectations and meeting basic needs like sleep, to help get through these unsettling times.

Photo at top: University of Virginia men’s soccer team warms up at Klöckner Stadium (Allegra Zamore/MEDILL)

Women in sports: Past, present, future

By Allegra Zamore
Medill Reports

From the onset of Title IX in 1972 to the U.S. women’s national soccer team winning the 2019 World Cup, women have paved the way in all areas of sports for future generations. In this episode of Medill Newsmakers we take a look at how far women have come and how far they still have to go. Watch the journey through the lens of a female sports reporter, collegiate athlete, MLB front office hopeful and a youth softball team.

Photo at top: South Suburban Royals softball team practices in Chicago Heights. (Allegra Zamore/MEDILL)

Basketball seasons cut short due to COVID-19

By Allegra Zamore
Medill Reports

Sports seasons all around the world were cut short when COVID-19 turned into a pandemic. Cameron Jackson, a professional basketball player for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, is on unpaid vacation at home in the United States while he waits for updates on the basketball season in Europe.

Photo at top: Basketball hoop at Mile Creek School closed with caution tape. (Allegra Zamore/MEDILL)

Artists take to the streets to commemorate Kobe Bryant

By Allegra Zamore
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES — Just hours after the tragic death of Kobe Bryant was announced, artists took to the streets of Los Angeles to commemorate the former NBA star. From Venice Beach to Studio City to Downtown L.A. murals depicting the icon and his daughter Gianna, who also died in the helicopter crash, covered the walls of buildings and the streets surrounding Staples Center.

Photo at top: Mural of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. (Allegra Zamore/MEDILL)