Undefeated basketball programs strengthen the UVA community during tough times

In times of tragedy and suffering, sport has a unique ability to uplift the human spirit through distraction or, even better, through victory. Sport’s ability to inspire joy or entertainment becomes even more important when the tragedy itself affects sport.

Such was the case last week when three UVA football players were tragically and senselessly gunned down in a shooting at the University of Virginia. The deaths of Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler, and D’Sean Perry devastated the entire UVA community, as well as several other communities across the country that these young men called home. But the tragedy had a sharp and devastating impact on Virginia’s football program and its fans, who closely followed the careers of these young men and took pride in their accomplishments on the field.