patrick ewing coaching on the sideline
Category: Fall 2020, Georgetown Magazine

Title:Personal Reflections: Patrick Ewing

Author: Interviewed by Jeffrey Donahoe
Date Published: November 18, 2020

In May, I wasn’t feeling that well. I thought it was a cold or the flu. After three days, I wasn’t better, so I reached out to my doctor. She said to come in. Even though I had been social distancing and wearing a mask, my test came back positive.

I want to say thank you to all the people who took care of me in Georgetown MedStar Hospital. The doctors and nurses were fantastic. All the essential workers did a remarkable job with all the patients. There were people there who were much sicker than I was.

When people found out that I had COVID-19, my phone and email were just flooded with get-well wishes, which was great.

My message is that if you are not taking this virus seriously, please do. I don’t know how I caught it, but I did. You can get sick, even if you are otherwise healthy like me. Practice social distancing, wear your mask, wash your hands. Be mindful that it’s not just yourself that you’re looking out for, it’s others, too.

Patrick Ewing (C’85 and Parent) returned to Georgetown as head men’s basketball coach in 2017. Ewing was a center for four years at Georgetown, three of which the team reached the NCAA championships. Ewing played 15 seasons with the New York Knicks.

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