Just over a week ago, Louisville guard Kevin Ware made an appearance at a stop on the athletic department’s “Cardinal Caravan” tour.
What came as a surprise to many was the fact that Ware was walking without the aid of crutches just two months after suffering a terrible leg injury in Louisville’s Midwest regional final game against Duke.
In what was a chilling moment for all involved, Ware provided the motivational spark his teammates needed as he implored them to go win the game. It was a selfless act to say the least, and Louisville would go on to heed Ware’s words (85-63 win over the Blue Devils) on their way to the program’s third national title.
During his appearance at Captain’s Quarters, Ware said the following to the Louisville Courier-Journal about using his position to help others in need:
“A guy wrote me from in jail and wanted me to reach out to his brother,” Ware said. “People like that I don’t have a problem at all, just trying to do something for them when they’re trying to do something for me. So many people just really show so much support, that has to humble you.”
The latest example of Ware reaching out to those in need occurred Thursday, when he visited 14-year old Brianna Boel at Kosair’s Childrens Hospital Thursday afternoon. Boel was one of two teenagers hit by a car in Louisville, suffering a fractured skull, wrist and right leg as a result. According to reports, the second victim’s injuries were not as severe.
Boel’s father, News 3 anchor John Boel, wrote on his Facebook page that he used Ware’s example to calm his daughter.
“I played the Kevin Ware card in trying to relax Bree,” John wrote, “reminding her what he was able to accomplish right away, and I was surprised at how well it worked. Thank you Kevin, one more time, for your inspiration in the real world.”
And after hearing Boel’s story there was Ware, cheering her up and even signing the following message on her cast: “Pinky promise. You will be fine.”
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