More than two months have already passed since Louisville Cardinals sophomore guard Kevin Ware suffered one of the most gruesome injuries you will see in the game of basketball.
While closing out and contesting a Tyler Thorton three ball during the Elite 8 round of the NCAA Tournament, Ware landed so awkwardly alongside the Louisville bench that his leg virtually snapped in half with the bone protruding outside of his skin. While the support for Ware was overwhelming during the Cardinals’ continued postseason run and eventual National Championship, it hasn’t slowed down since.
According to a report from Yahoo! Sports‘ Pat Forde, fan mail and support continues to arrive in all shapes and sizes. From letters to even gifts that have been claimed by Louisville’s compliance office (student athletes cannot except gifts), the amount of support is truly incredible.
Children have contacted Ware, sending their prayers and offering their support. Even fans of the Cardinals’ arch rival Kentucky Wildcats have reached out in support of Ware — which just goes to show the overall importance and gratitude of fans given this unfortunate situation.
The support around Ware was remarkable even in the weeks following the injury, but the 6-foot-2 guard has become more than just an athlete who suffered a difficult injury — he’s become a symbol of motivation and encouragement, and simply by default. It’s truly amazing to see fans reaching out and making that known, even two months after the fact.
You can bet your bottom dollar that when Ware finally makes his return to the court next season, it will represent a symbolic occurrence that will only add to his legacy.
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