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UK Football Players Spend an Evening with Lexington Special Olympics

 

Sunday evening seventeen different Wildcat Football players gave some of their time to take on a different kind of opponent, in a much different sport. “We were actually expecting to play flag football. Our guys aren’t exactly the best basketball players and we were actually losing for a little while,” said Senior to-be Fullback Cody Jones. Cody got his teammates involved after speaking to a classmate of his in one of his special education courses. Dave Wickstrom is the coach for The Lexington Wildcats- the defending Special Olympics’ State Championship team that practices weekly- and thought it’d be a great idea for the football players to get involved with his team and the Lexington Defenders.

 

Cody sent a text out to a group of teammates but did not expect the response he received. “I didn’t have to pull their legs or anything like that.  They were all very enthusiastic about helping out in the community.”No coaches were involved, but the large turnout from guys like QB Jalen Whitlow and TE Tyler Robinson, made it fun for both sides. Cody expects his teammates to participate in the future, but next time they’ll have to bring some better basketballers.

Members of the team not only “hooped”, but took the time to answer questions from the athletes.

 

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

13 Comments for UK Football Players Spend an Evening with Lexington Special Olympics



  1. Blue Jesus
    6:17 pm February 20, 2013 Permalink

    Well that was nice of them



  2. Ken M
    6:26 pm February 20, 2013 Permalink

    Proves Joker hated the mentally handicapped



  3. Ricky Bobby
    6:40 pm February 20, 2013 Permalink

    Nice job fellas! Good to see TEAM work at its best off the field. Can’t wait to see the on field activities this year!!



  4. Huh!
    6:51 pm February 20, 2013 Permalink

    “Seventeen different Wildcat football players”. Is it possible to have seventeen of the same Wildcat football player? if so, I’ll take Randall Cobb!



  5. Chiefed Cat
    6:51 pm February 20, 2013 Permalink

    1. It sure was



  6. Blue Jesus
    7:06 pm February 20, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe the football team could donate some time to teaching the basketball team to play as well!



  7. Ouch
    7:07 pm February 20, 2013 Permalink

    way to go guys!!!!



  8. old school
    7:09 pm February 20, 2013 Permalink

    the special olympians were better athletes!



  9. Justin brindley
    7:41 pm February 20, 2013 Permalink

    My name is Justin brindley I was there I play for the Lexington wildcats I play in the special Olympics it is amazing to see the kindness of the football players to be there even though basketball is not my strongest sport I also play special Olympics football and softball it was a great experience thank you guys for supporting us



  10. Brannen Samuel
    7:46 pm February 20, 2013 Permalink

    Way to go guys !! Very positive things to hear out of the football guys! Way to step up and be positive in the community. Just a reflection of the quality young men we have in our programs



  11. RollTide
    8:49 pm February 20, 2013 Permalink

    Great that the guys helped SO! Are these players in shape? Look small and lumpy.



  12. Tyler
    6:34 am February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Great to see the Football Cats do community things this year.

    Who were the 17 players Nick? They need to be recognized.



  13. Ryne
    9:28 am February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Cody Jones, whitley county colonels represent