Auburn Equipment Team Making Masks for Health Care Workers
THE AUBURN EQUIPMENT TEAM IS USING THEIR RESOURCES TO HELP THOSE IMPACTED BY COVID-19
Every sports program has unsung heroes. People that are behind the scenes that aren’t in the spotlight.
Those unsung heroes involved in sports are impacted by the COVID– 9 pandemic as well.
During this time of the year, Director of Equipment Operations Dana Marquez is used to dealing with getting Fall uniforms ready for Auburn’s student athletes
“This is our fitting time zone where we fitting shoulder pads, helmets, chalking jersey’s. This is where the excitement comes from. This is where you start smelling the grass cut outside,” says Marquez.
Even though sports has come to a screeching halt, Dana is still working on equipment for the Fall, but he’s also working on making masks for those impacted by COVID-19. Something that’s completely new to him.
“It’s definitely something I’ve had to learn from scratch and I had to find somebody that could actually teach me the pattern,” says Marquez. “I went to our sewing company that we use locally here in Auburn called stitch therapy and the owner Debbie was so kind to help me.”
These masks help people who have tested positive for the coronavirus and those in the hospitals who are on the front line of treating the virus.
“It’s going on the healthy workers at the hospital, or someone that is asymptomatic that can wear it. I’ve also heard that the doctors are using these types of mask to put over the N-95 masks to give it longer longevity over that time period,” says Marquez.
Since the Auburn Equipment team has been making masks, they have gotten hundreds of thousands of views on social media and an outpouring of support.
“It shows that if you do the little and just do a small part to help the community, a lot of people can be touched by it and that’s all we’re trying to do, is just do our small part,” said Marquez.
When this is all over and lives return to normal, Dana is ready to see Auburn student-athletes on the field, in the gear he’s prepared for them.
“Just the shear excitement of having the opportunity to do that and to watch these athletes that have put so much time and effort into their craft and that s why you do this,” says Marquez. “My job is always telling people, hey when they come in they’re a million dollar athlete, even if they re just a walk-on. Their goal is to make it to the NFL one of these days or make it to the NBA and our job is a small part of that. To watch these guys go back on the field is going to be a phenomenal day.
On Sunday, March 29th, they dropped off 100 masks at East Alabama Medical Center, then hit the road and dropped of 25 masks in Huntsville and the University of Alabama Birmingham.