KC McGinnis

Photographer
   
For ESPN: Iowa high school baseball reopens amid the pandemic
Location: Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Nationality: USA
Biography: KC McGinnis is a photographer and photojournalist raised in Iowa and based in Des Moines. He's interested in visual depictions of religion, with an eye toward white evangelicalism and its future in the twilight of its hegemony in American... read on
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For ESPN: Iowa high school baseball reopens amid the pandemic
Credits: kc mcginnis
Date of Work: 06/12/20 - 06/12/20
Updated: 06/17/20
Location: Iowa
On June 1, Iowa allowed high school sports including baseball and softball to resume their summer schedules — the first state in the nation to re-open sanctioned high school athletics. I visited the practice of St. Mary's division 1A baseball team in Storm Lake, where just weeks ago 555 employees at a local Tyson plant were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. The plant is just a mile from the St. Mary's practice field along the lakeshore, and the team captain's mother works at the plant. The captain, Fransisco Gonzalez Vasquez, and the team's coach, Alex Schwing, both have Type 1 Diabetes, which puts them at a higher risk for complications from COVID-19.

Schwing is doing his best to enact precautions for himself and his team, including frequent hand sanitizing and social distancing, but no one knows what the season will bring. Read the full story and watch the video at the link above. 
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