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Staying Strong: O’Dowd Athletes

Like student and professional athletes across the country, O’Dowd athletes have lost a vital part of their experience and community amid COVID-19. Athletics leaders and coaches have done incredible work to keep teammates connected with one another and strengthen their social bonds as well as their bodies during this unique period. Below are just a few examples of how O’Dowd athletes continue to show up for their teammates, how coaches show up for their players, and how Dragons have found ways to find strength and joy during this period.

Virtual Signing Ceremony and End of Year Athletics Celebration Senior athletes who recently signed for college athletics were honored in O’Dowd’s first ever virtual signing ceremony this April: Jaylen Anteneh for baseball at Columbia University, Anthony Clerici for baseball at Lewis & Clark College, Ben Huntington for lacrosse at College of Wooster, Jenna Kilty for basketball at Portland State University, and Kali Myers for basketball at San Francisco State University. In May we look forward to another first ever event: O’Dowd’s end of year athletics celebration. We look forward to honoring all spring athletes, and in particular seniors who had their last season of Dragon sports cut short this year. Watch the Virtual Signing Ceremony

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Strength, Conditioning, Rehab and Recovery Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Jay Beito ‘92 has shared workouts in a program called BRIDGE and spent time in his virtual yoga class helping students learn posture and decompression breathing while working on the computer with video instruction by Dr. Eric Goodman and has provided coaches with other conditioning workouts available for athletes. Athletic trainers Joanne Kinyon and Kiah Sundermeir continue to reach out to athletes recovering from injuries or who were participating in regular routines and treatments prior to shelter-in-place. They are available for advice for student-athletes experiencing new injuries during this time. And they, along with Assistant Athletic Director Hillary Kigar, have created a series of training videos for student-athletes.

Stronger Together As a school we look forward to the future when our teams, practices, tournaments, and competitions return and when families and fans once again gather to cheer on our Dragon community. In the meantime, Dragon athletics and athletes remain strong, and prepared to return stronger in both body and mind.

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