Pandemic Not Stopping Reitz Grad Dunham's Dreams

Though COVID-19 has made an impact in the sports world, even shutting down seasons, Elijah Dunham is determined to stay in prime condition to make an impact at the next level.

Posted: Nov 9, 2020 5:10 PM
Updated: Nov 9, 2020 8:39 PM

On March 10th, life as we knew it would change in less than one day. The UE baseball team hosted IU in what would be the Aces last game of the season, while the Hoosiers' last game took place one day later. Seasons were cancelled, and one local member of the Hoosiers felt the impact.

Before everything shutdown, we were in the season and it kind of sucked because I was playing pretty good at the time," said Reitz grad Elijah Dunham. "I was absolutely raking and I was just improving my draft status, my stock and the season getting cancelled kind of screwed me honestly for the draft because I was playing at such a high level that if the whole season would have gone out, I think honestly I would have made a lot more money. I was just trying to do what I've been doing and what I've been practicing for, so it was just trying to stay consistent through the season and then everything got shutdown and everything blew up.

With the shutdown of sports, Dunahm did not sit around and sulf about losing the season, instead he saw an opportunity to get to work.

"We had to make some adjustments," said Dunham. "I already had weight room equipment at my apartment in Bloomington, so I just packed, I unscrewed everything, I brought everything here and set it up in the garage and I just did what I could. The hill is right here, this is where I did sprints and everything I was just trying to do what I could with what I had."

Like many athletes, Dunham has been forced to adjust to a new lifestyle. While he will not be able to play fall league baseball this year, the Reitz grad is using this situation as a learning experience. 

"You can't control what other people or what society is going to do," said Dunahm. "All you can control is getting your work in, doing what you can to keep getting better and keep preparing for the next opportunity that you get. That's all I'm doing, making sure that whenever the Yankees, or whenever somebody allows me to play and starts letting me get back in the swing of things, that I'm going to be ready to go and be in prime condition."

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