What Professional Athletes Are Doing During Quarantine

Wimbledon, the biggest tennis tournament in the world, was cancelled 30 days ago. The NBA, MLB, MLS, and NHL are all suspended for the time being and it doesn’t look like they are coming back anytime soon. So what are professional athletes, the stars of these leagues doing? Well, pretty much the same things we are doing: reading books, attempting to stay in shape through neighborhood walks and treadmill runs, playing with pets, and most popular of all, video games. Athletes are becoming very involved in esports: two examples include the “Call of Duty: Warzone” tournament hosted for NBA players by basketball magazine Slam, and the widely popular, MLB sponsored “MLB The Show” league, where one player from each professional baseball team mans their virtual squad and participates in a full season.

Professional sports players have also been increasingly active on social media, posting videos of themselves training, playing with their children, and facetiming teammates. Big name NFL players Saquan Barkley, George Kittle, and Jamal Adams have conducted live stream interviews over the NFL’s Instagram account. Many MLB All Stars including Mike Trout, Max Scherzer, Aaron Judge, and Blake Snell have also answered questions on the MLB Instagram. This trove of interviews has given us insight into the thoughts of athletes during these crazy disease ridden times.

While most athletes are focusing on bettering themselves physically and entertaining their fans on Instagram, Warriors point guard Steph Curry is focusing on helping out the larger community of Oakland. Steph and his wife Ayesha are helping send out over 300 thousand meals a week through their foundation “Eat. Learn. Play” (SF Chronicle).

Overall, this documentation of what professional athletes are doing currently helps to illustrate where our focus and attention goes to during times like these. Though some athletes are being proactive in helping their communities with the pandemic, a good majority of professional athletes are sticking to the route of video games and Instagram. This serves as a good lesson for all of us: while it is enjoyable to play video games and have a good time, it is much more critical and significant to focus on the people who are most in need currently. Hopefully you can find some joy in helping others.