Coronavirus is raging across the United States so to show our nations appreciation to frontline healthcare workers and first responders alike, on August 9 select sport stadiums, landmarks and amusement parks were lit up via blue lighting technology for the LightItBlue campaign. Hashtag #LightItBlue was busy showcasing images of sports and entertainment venues, video boards and scoreboards supporting every person in the health profession, those working in grocery stores, and the many delivery and truck drivers, all working together to take care of those infected with COVID-19. Thursday’s will never be the same. Check out MakeItBlue.us for more information.
Pro and College Sports Venue Support
This sports tech show of support for doctors, PA’s and nurses, in addition to all the men and women battling this unseen foe in thousands of hospitals, health clinics and doctor offices began across the pond in the UK.
Leading the way in America was the NFL and the home fields of their 32 franchises. College football programs participated in #LightItBllue across the nation with the defending national champions, LSU, lighting up Tiger Stadium.
MLB also did a stand up job showing ballpark praise for healthcare officials and those employed in first respondent jobs like paramedics, fire fighters and police officers. The MLS showed their unwavering stadium support via social media. So too did NHL arenas in North America such as the Calgary Flames Scotiabank Saddledome up in Canada.
Surprising, when you do the research, the NBA was noticeably absent on Twitter and their website sharing any kind of support for this uplifting program. Because #LightItBlue was a non-partisan showing by the public, it is shocking that the NBA would tweet away about their 2K Tourney rather than joining in with this cause as the other professional sports leagues all did. If you don’t believe me search NBA.com and you’ll find one post by the Indiana Pacers and that is it with not a peep on @NBA.
COVID-19 US Metrics
Across the US there are over 500,000 confirmed cases and more than 23,000 deaths according the New York Times data. Around the world there are 2 million confirmed cases and over 100,000 dead. The numbers in the US and in China are both very inaccurate because of the continued lack of testing here because of the CDC run by President Trump and his administration’s directives, combined with the failure to disclose accurate metrics by the Chinese government. The US just passed Italy for most deaths and there is no looking back as our country just had 2,000 dead in one day. City and state hotspots are continuing to fester in now Philadelphia and Washington DC, joining New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, and soon to be Atlanta and Florida, where my family resides. Washington State and California are under mandated state lock down. New York is by far the worst hit area accounting for approximately half of the COVID-19 deceased in America but their venues displayed blue with pride.
Some of my #LightItBlue favorites included Mercedes_Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern California, and the Dallas, Texas Skyline.
Sports Techie, my gratitude goes out to all the first responders including my young nephew, Eston Roble, the Father of two daughters. He was laid off as a cement truck driver because of COVID-19 and took a gig at a local grocery store in Idaho to make ends meet. Eston was not feeling well and had most all the symptoms to look for with coronavirus including a fever. coughing and a tight chest, so he was told by his Doctor to schedule a drive-thru test which he did. His family anxiously awaited the results as he lives with his Grandparents and they came back negative.
We were lucky so far but thousands of individuals and families around the world are not so fortunate.
It is a good thing America has a healthcare and first responder work force that brings it like many sports organization did on #LightItBlue day.
See you later sportstechie in Seattle, Atlanta and around the world!
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