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The coronavirus pandemic and associated stay-at-home orders across the country have forced many people to get creative in staying entertained and connected with each other, and that certainly includes athletes who’d normally be playing or training right now.
Here’s a look at how some current and former Butler athletes and coaches are keeping busy during this time.
Butler men’s basketball head coach LaVall Jordan and his family have been doing their part to stay home and #FlattenTheCurve
— BIG EAST Conference (@BIGEAST) March 27, 2020
— LaVall Jordan (@LaVall_Jordan) March 18, 2020
Jordan also participated in a Q&A webinar with CCOM students, and a friendly face stopped by.
— Butler Blue III (@ButlerBlue3) April 3, 2020
Without an NCAA Tournament, many Butler fans have been reflecting on the program’s Final Four run a decade ago. It looks like that team remains in touch to this day.
— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) April 3, 2020
The Butler softball team has shown that sharing is caring during these challenging times.
— Butler Softball (@ButlerSoftball) March 27, 2020
And in the absence of being able to play and practice with her teammates, outfielder Bri Avery has found an incredibly unique way to combine two sports into one.
since all of my hitting and throwing partners live far away pic.twitter.com/xlLFIgLVre
— Bri (@briiavery) April 2, 2020
Butler women’s basketball head coach Kurt Godlevske and his family is also part of the Big East’s effort to encourage everyone to #STAYHOME to protect loved ones.
— Butler Women’s Basketball (@ButlerUWBB) March 27, 2020
— Kurt Godlevske (@CoachGodlevske) April 6, 2020
And Godlevske’s team has come up with a number of short athletic challenges for those looking to remain active at home.
— Jingram (@jingram_1) April 3, 2020
Butler football offensive line coach BJ Coad welcomed a new addition to his family just a few weeks ago.
— Butler Football (@ButlerUFootball) March 25, 2020
Butler lacrosse players found a way to keep the action going as a team despite the circumstances.
🎶 Everywhere you look… 🎶🐶🥍
— Butler Women’s Lacrosse (@ButlerWLacrosse) April 2, 2020
And the team is participating in a Butler Athletics campaign to support those with cancer fighting the coronavirus.
Butler Athletics is participating in the virtual run #LastShift2020 @HEADstrongFnd Campaign to raise money for cancer patients during COVID-19.
Please join the fight by using the link below to donate!!!#lastshift2020 #ncaalax
— Butler Women’s Lacrosse (@ButlerWLacrosse) April 6, 2020
Former Butler men’s soccer goalkeeper Eric Dick, now with Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City, has made some fun adjustments to his workout routines.
— Butler Men's Soccer (@ButlerMSoccer) April 1, 2020
Butler athletes and administrators connected online for their student-athlete advisory committee meeting.
— Butler Athletics (@ButlerAthletics) April 2, 2020
Butler volleyball players celebrated National Student Athlete Day on April 6 with a rendition of the Butler War Song.
Thank you for all that are participated in singing the Butler War Song today! Here is ours, we all have future singing careers if you couldn’t tell. 😂 Enjoy! 🖤💙🤍#ButlerPride #ButlerVB #singlikeadawg #ButlerUnity pic.twitter.com/6RzakdveB2
— Butler Volleyball (@ButlerVB) April 6, 2020
The volleyball team also recognized alum Jessica Klingensmith-Dodder, who’s working on the frontlines of the pandemic as a Physician Assistant in Colorado.
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🚨Butler Volleyball Alumni Spotlight🚨 . ✨💎Jessica Klingensmith-Dodder💎✨ . We are Beyond PROUD of our Butler Volleyball Alumni, Jessica Dodder! Jessica was known by her teammates and coaches as a hard worker! Now, she is working hard on the frontlines against the COVID-19 virus as an Physician Assistant in the ER Department at Penrose-St Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs! Jessica is an exceptional example of “The Butler Women!”💙 . Jessica, Thank you for your service! 💙🖤 . . We are So PROUD of our Butler Volleyball Alumni! We love to see our alumni in the Healthcare field helping others in need! 💓 You all are truly an inspiration! Thank you for your service! 🐶 #wearebutlervb #BUPride #BUAlumni #godawgs #butlervb #frontlines #againstcovid19