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Maryland basketball continues tradition of ‘Zaching’ to honor former basketball manager

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

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Maryland basketball celebrated “Zaching Day” Monday in honor of Zach Lederer, a former team manager who died from brain cancer in 2014. He was 20.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman officially declared May 1 Zaching Against Cancer Day on Monday.

Lederer was previously diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 11. After beating cancer, Lederer went on to play high school basketball and eventually become a manager for Maryland basketball.

Lederer was diagnosed with brain cancer for a second time during his freshman year at Maryland. After surgery to remove a brain tumor, Zach tweeted a picture of him “Zaching” in bed and a legend was born.

“Zaching” went viral on Twitter as thousands of people have posted pictures of themselves striking the iconic strongman pose.

The Zaching Against Cancer Foundation is always open for donations.

In other news

Former Maryland women’s basketball standout freshman point guard Destiny Slocum is transferring to Oregon State.

Both Maryland men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will enter the postseason as the No. 1 team in the country for the second straight year. Hopefully for them, that doesn’t mean a repeat of last year’s championship losses.

Former Maryland basketball great Steve Francis did not get drafted in the BIG3 draft, a new 3-on-3 summer basketball league.

The future of Maryland football is bright.

This was part of a larger “future of football” series across our network. If football itself is going to have a future, some things may have to change. Here’s a suggestion from SB Nation.