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Collected Item: “A Different Online Meeting”

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A Different Online Meeting

What sort of object is this: text story, photograph, video, audio interview, screenshot, drawing, meme, etc.?

Screenshot

Tell us a story; share your experience. Describe what the object or story you've uploaded says about the pandemic, and/or why what you've submitted is important to you.

Athletics has always been a big part of bringing together a school's community. It's an important aspect for not just the athletes but also the supporters. The complete cancellation of sporting events can be a jarring disruption to a school's morale and spirit. The rising of popularity of esports and competitive videogames though has been helpful in keeping people connected. Though physical, in person sports have been cancelled, classmates can still keep in touch with each other through their school's team by playing and watching the school's online games. The St. Mary's esports team has provided a way for people for people with similar interests to meet without actually ever seeing each other in person. A placement on the team isn't even necessary. Videogames have been an important outlet for me in the pandemic to keep me mentally happy. The closure of many places and the inability to see certain people in real life has made me rely on them instead.

Use one-word hashtags (separated by commas) to describe your story. For example: Where did it originate? How does this object make you feel? How does this object relate to the pandemic?

#coveryourfangs, HS3390, athletics, sports, esports, online, videogames, virtual

Enter a URL associated with this object, if relevant.

https://rattlerathletics.com/news/2020/7/25/general-athletics-competition-for-fall-semester-canceled.aspx

Who originally created this object? (If you created this object, such as photo, then put "self" here.)

Tom Mengler, University President and Rob Coleman, Athletics Director

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2020-07-25
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