Joe Amplo, lacrosse coach for the Navy men’s team, finds himself idle from coaching but not from helping. After speaking with his brother, Kris, he found out his younger sibling was working on a plan to team up with restaurants to feed the medical teams in New York fighting the coronavirus.
The following day Joe, who also coaches for the U.S. men’s national lacrosse team, spoke with his fellow national team coaches about the idea. John Danowski of Duke, Seth Tierney of Hofstra and Charley Toomey of Loyola Maryland all thought it was a great idea.
It was a win-win, really. By raising money through their networks they could help restaurants who weren’t getting much business and provide help for those in the trenches of this horrible new battle.
Based on their location, each chose a facility to help. Toomey and Amplo are working with Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. Danowski is lending support to the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Finally, Tierney chose Northwell Health on Long Island, New York.
Though their focus has changed, their drive and enthusiasm are still making a difference. Thank you to these heroes and all the others making differences, big and small.