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Carli Lloyd, Chuck Aoki & More Team USA Athletes Applaud Front-line Workers During National Nurses Week

May 12, 2020, 8:53 a.m. (ET)


Tuesday, May 12, marks the end of National Nurses Week, and this year Team USA athletes made sure to extend extra special thank-yous to nurses and all front-line workers as the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Team USA athletes expressed their gratitude on social media, and many of them gave shout-outs to the nurses in their own lives.

Wheelchair rugby star Chuck Aoki took a few minutes to thank his girlfriend’s sister-in-law, a pediatric nurse in Atlanta who has been working on the front lines of COVID-19 for weeks. Aoki reminded us all that in this time of crisis, health-care workers truly are heroes in our midst.

Other Team USA athletes have taken to writing the names of front-line workers they know on the back of their jerseys as part of "The Real Heroes Project," including U.S. soccer standout Carli Lloyd, tennis phenom Coco Gauff, and thee time Olympic bobsledder Nick Cunningham.

See what else Team USA had to to share for International Nurses Day and National Nurses Week below.

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Chuck Aoki, Wheelchair Rugby 



Kendall Coyne Schofield, Ice Hockey 



Nick Cunningham, Bobsled 



Kali Flanagan, Ice Hockey 



Coco Gauff, Tennis 



Hilary Knight, Ice Hockey 



Carli Lloyd, Soccer 



Tatyana McFadden, Para Track and Field 



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A huge happy #mothersday to all the essential workers who are working today and are not at home celebrating. Thank you again for all that you do each and every single day❣️ these next two women are our sweet Mona and @marxylee . This is what they do #family Mona: “As an ER physician, I have to rapidly diagnose , treat and decide what the next steps are in stabilizong critical patients. This means performing high risk procedures like intubations, placing central lines and other life saving procedures that puts the providers life in danger “. Marci : “ I am a Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate in nursing (woot woot, recent accomplishment as you know!!!) working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan on The Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Team. “

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Donovan Mitchell, Basketball 



Josh Pauls, Sled Hockey 



Breanna Stewart, Basketball 



Jack Wallace, Sled Hockey