The Saturday after unrest erupted in Baltimore, biomedical engineering student Samy Ramadane ’17 and others from the Johns Hopkins men’s soccer team were out as a unified squad. As part of the third annual Johns Hopkins In Action, they joined roughly 400 other volunteers in activities ranging from river cleanups to packing lunches for the homeless to weeding community gardens.
This year’s event was even more inspiring because many had feared its cancellation in light of citywide protests and curfews, just days before. A few miles from campus, near Greenmount and North avenues, Ramadane and teammates picked up broken glass, weeded, edged, and mowed. “This reinforces a sense of community in Baltimore,” says Ramadane. “At Hopkins, we are part of the community, and if there is ever a time that community is important, it’s right now.”