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Arizona teams collaborate on #AllAZ video amid coronavirus

On Tuesday, the Cardinals, Coyotes, Diamondbacks, Mercury and Suns released a video on social media with the caption “All of us. All together” showing support and gratitude for those keeping the state and country running during the coronavirus outbreak.

The video comes after weeks of America doing without sports as the COVID-19 pandemic has halted life as we know it.

“Today, the roar of the crowd is a memory,” a narrator begins. “We’ve pressed pause on a shared connection we all feel for sports. It wasn’t a choice. But maybe it can teach us a little about our community. Soon enough, it will be gameday once again. But for now, maybe we should stand up and cheer for something different:

“For a person of sacrifice, for the things and people we once took for granted; for teachers and sanitation workers; first responders and soldiers; for the pharmacists, for the people that supply our food; for the people keeping our electricity on and our water clean; and most of all, for our doctors and nurses. Show how much we appreciate them, for keeping us safe, giving us faith and providing us hope. This time, let them hear the roar of the crowd, from border to border and everywhere in between.”

All five teams involved in the joint release of the video have had their leagues put on pause or, in the case of the NFL, offseason operations have been altered.

But in the meantime, local sports teams have stepped up to donate money or give their time to help in the areas where the coronavirus has impacted people’s health and wallets. The Cardinals have been scheduling blood drives at State Farm Stadium that have continued to reach capacity; other teams have donated money and beyond.

“Someday soon, the time will come again to drop the puck,” the video’s narrator continued. “We’ll get to be in our seats just in time for the opening tip. It will be the top of the first, no one on, no one out. Kickoff will be just moments away, and our children will be back on the ice, court and field.

“We’ll return to the smell of hot dogs and taste of cold beer, the sights, and most of all, the sounds. Until then, let’s stay together, even if we can’t be together. Be safe, be kind, show gratitude. Thank somebody for doing their job, for you, your loved ones, for Arizona.”

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