Louisville Magazine

MAR 2017

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brazeiros.com LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.17 19 There's a lot to remember about the 2012-'13 University of Louisville men's basketball team: 35 wins on the season (the most in school history), beating Michigan for U of L's third national championship and, oh yeah, a player by the name of Kevin Ware. As if you need to relive it: In the Elite Eight against Duke, Ware was covering ground to defend an open three-pointer when he leapt and landed awkwardly on his right leg, which broke in half at the tibia. During a replay, a TV announcer warned, "If you can bear to watch it, take a look." Some thought the injury would be career-ending. (Don't do a Google image search for Kevin Ware. Just don't.) In the wake of the injury, Ware's optimism and perseverance made him a national sensation. A slew of celebrities (including LeBron James and Lil Wayne) mentioned him in tweets. He read the Top 10 List on Letterman, describing his injury as "one of those things you see in Texas Chainsaw Massacre." Michelle Obama called him. About the latter, Ware said, "I was so drugged, honestly, I don't remember." Following a grueling recovery, Ware played in an exhibition game the next season, receiving roaring applause from the Louisville crowd. He ended up sitting out the season to continue working on his recovery, and, during this time, he started a nonprofit called PURP (People Uplifting Real People) with two other U of L athletes. They toured local schools and community centers, giving motivational speeches to aspiring athletes. Ware transferred to Georgia State University for the 2014-'15 season to be closer to his family in Atlanta. He became MVP of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, and GSU upset No. 3 seed Baylor in the NCAA Tournament. Most recently, Ware signed with a team in the Czech Republic called MMCITE Brno, averaging 27 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. — Thomas Elmallakh WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO? WE LOVE Half a million trees. That's Louisville's net tree loss over the last eight years. Combating the effects of this dwindling canopy (increased air pollution, decreased storm-water absorption, a harsher urban heat island), TreesLouisville, in partnership with MSD, the city and the Sierra Club, is giving away 10,000 saplings to high school freshmen. Project manager Josh White calls trees "valuable infrastructure" for addressing many of the city's problems. He has led several planting events in the Highlands, including at Atherton and Assumption high schools last spring. This year, the $32,000 project is countywide and will partner with science teachers and other school representatives, and incorporate tree-care materials such as trunk guards, bamboo stakes and UV-degrading mesh to help ensure the trees' success. By the time these kids graduate, we'll have a little more shade. — Mary Chellis Ausঞn

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