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MM 9.30: Maryland Athletics announces ‘More Than The Score’ campaign

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Facing significant budget challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland athletics announced its ‘More Than The Score’ fundraising campaign Tuesday.

The athletic department has already taken efforts to minimize the impact of the financial loss on student-athletes, including budget and hiring freezes, along with staff salary reductions at some levels. But even with the Big Ten football season set to start on Oct. 24, the department projects to lose between $35 to $65 million in revenue, which it hopes to make up for with the support of donors.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our Maryland Athletics family has stayed committed to supporting one another,” athletic director Damon Evans said in a release. “Our program remains strong. And yet, the financial impact of the virus has cut us deeply.”

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Maryland also plans to use the funds to make up for increased operational expenses its facing right now, such as regular COVID-19 testing, special health services like ECGs and cardiac MRIs, mental health services, technology support for online academics and extra safety measures used for training, strength and conditioning.

Donors to the campaign will be rewarded with gifts ranging from T-shirts to permanent displays at Xfinity Center.

In Other News

Maryland football quarterbacks Taulia Tagovailoa and Lance LeGendre were featured heavily by the program Tuesday.

Maryland men’s basketball legend Len Elmore was recognized by the program.

Brenda Freese continues her recruiting prowess as her upcoming recruiting class lands in the top-10 nationally yet again.

Former Maryland women’s basketball players Alyssa Thomas, Brionna Jones, and Kaila Charles had their season ended in the WNBA Semifinals.

Alyssa Thomas was tabbed with WNBA All-Defensive First Team honors after leading the league in steals per game.

Three former Terps start their runs in the MLB Postseason in the newly minted Wild Card Series.