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Red Devil Assistant Coach Drives 400 Miles to Deliver COVID Test Samples

Video Image Josh Rapp

Video Image Josh Rapp

Josh Rapp steps up to deliver COVID-19 samples to Massachusetts lab

video by Joe O'Neill

As a Red Devils assistant football coach, Josh Rapp knows the importance of teamwork. But recently he took one for the team in a whole new way, delivering far off the football gridiron when 233 COVID-19 tests needed to be quickly delivered to a Massachusetts lab or go to waste.

"I wanted to be helpful in any way I could," says Rapp, who drove the samples to the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, in Cambridge, a 400-mile drive. "I felt like it was my duty."

The samples were from Dickinson students, as a part of the twice-weekly COVID-19 testing undertaken on campus as part of the efforts to keep the community safe during the spring semester. But when a regionwide internet outage made printing the shipping labels impossible, Rapp stepped up, volunteering to deliver the samples to Massachusetts.

"I looked at it as a way to be able to ... pull my weight and be of great service to everyone else at Dickinson," says Rapp.


Published February 9, 2021