Pittsburgh Sports Leaders Donate to Coronavirus Vaccine Research

Source: ESPN »

Pittsburgh college and professional sports teams have donated $800,000 to the University of Pittsburgh’s nationally renowned Center for Vaccine Research, which is working to create a vaccine for the coronavirus.

Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi, men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel, women’s basketball coach Lance White and athletic director Heather Lyke donated a combined $500,000, while the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers each donated $100,000.

In February, the Center for Vaccine Research announced it would begin work on developing a vaccine. The center is one of the few labs nationwide qualified to handle pathogens like the one that has caused the current pandemic.

“Nothing great in life is ever achieved alone,” Lyke said in a statement. “Pitt Athletics is honored to join forces with the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers in support of the Center for Vaccine Research and its extraordinary researchers. April marked the 65th anniversary of Dr. Jonas Salk’s victory over polio and it is apparent that funding for vaccine research remains as crucial as ever. David and I are proud to support CVR’s mission of making the world a healthier, safer place…

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