See How Pittsburgh Sports Teams are Helping in Vaccine Research

Pitt, Penguins, Pirates and Steelers have donated $800,000 to University of Pittsburgh's Center for Vaccine Research.

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In an effort dubbed help for Pittsburgh’s “Scientific Champions,” University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel, women’s basketball coach Lance White, football coach Pat Narduzzi, Athletic Director Heather Lyke and their families have donated a $500,000 to the Pitt’s Center for Vaccine Research. Pittsburgh’s three major sports teams, the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins kicked in another $300,000 to raise the total to $800,000.

“Nothing great in life is ever achieved alone,” says Lyke. “Pitt Athletics is honored to join forces with the Penguins, Pirates, and Steelers in support of the Center for Vaccine Research and its extraordinary researchers. April marked the 65th anniversary of Dr. Jonas Salk’s victory over polio and it is apparent that funding for vaccine research remains as crucial as ever.”

In early April, Scientists at Pitt’s School of Medicine announced that they had found a potential vaccine capable of battling the strand of coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic. Delivered through a small patch that attaches to the skin, the vaccine builds immunity similar to a flu shot.

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