From hardcourt to virtual hoops: Docs for Morgan fundraiser moves online amid pandemic

(Photo: Courtesy Virginia Tech)

(Photo: Courtesy Virginia Tech)

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The ninth annual Docs for Morgan basketball fundraiser is taking on a new look and new format in 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic, but one thing that will stay the same is its mission to honor namesake Morgan Harrington.

According to Virginia Tech, during “Docs for Morgan: Virtual Hoops,” medical students will try to defend their title against a team of Carilion Clinic residents on the virtual court.

The university says the PlayStation NBA game — which looks similar to a televised NBA event — was recorded in advance with students and residents at the socially-distanced controls.

Organizers even managed to customize the game so it featured the names of the actual players as they sport their Virginia Tech gear.

Virginia Tech says a host will guide viewers through the 20-minute game, allowing them the opportunity to root for their favorite team and earn prizes by answering trivia questions about the medical school, the history of the Docs for Morgan game, and the history of the scholarship and scholarship.

Donations are also accepted before, during, and after the game, which will be shown via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28.

“While we certainly understand this is a very trying time across the United States and around the world, we also thought it could benefit many of us to take a few minutes to relax and enjoy a new version of our event,” said Tracey Criss, a psychiatrist and associate dean for clinical science years 3 and 4 at the medical school and organizer of the event. “The goal of Docs for Morgan is to honor Morgan’s life and legacy, and that will always remain a constant.”

Morgan Harrington was reportedly a Virginia Tech student and a medical school intern the summer before she died.

In 2012, Carilion Medical Center physicians formed Docs for Morgan in order to honor Morgan — by supporting a memorial scholarship fund in her name at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine — and support her parents, one of whom is vice dean of the medical school.

In order to watch the live viewing of the Docs for Morgan game, click here to register and receive a link for the event.

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