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Jemarl Baker on meeting Special Olympics athletes: “That’s part of the reason we came (to Kentucky)”

The Kentucky Wildcats had a blast during their 76-48 victory on Tuesday night, but the majority of their fun came after the clock struck zero.

As mentioned earlier on the site, the basketball team came back out of the locker room to meet with over 100 Special Olympic athletes and their family members following the big win.

The hugs, smiles, and laughs were absolutely priceless.

After the postgame event, Kentucky shooting guard Jemarl Baker said off-court things like the one he got to participate in tonight are part of the reason he decided to make the cross-country trip to Lexington.

“It was great, I love doing things like that,” Baker said. “Jonny (David) told us right after the game that we were going to come back to the court and take pictures with them. That’s part of the reason we came here, to do things like that.

Kentucky walk-on Jonny David was the one to help put it all together, something Baker says is the norm for the team leader and captain.

“It’s great,” he said. “He does things like that all the time. He’s one of our captains when it comes to leading our team and coming out for meetings and things like that. It’s just great to be able to do things like that.”

Did anything stand out to the Wildcat sharpshooter in particular? Absolutely. Every last second of it.

“For sure, all of (the kids),” he said. “All of them. It was a great experience for me.”

One of the participating Special Olympic athletes, Morgan Turner, said after the game that this event was “amazing” and “meant a lot” to him.

“It was amazing that the players came out right after the game and spent some time with us,” he said. “It meant a lot to me and I know it meant everything to the other athletes and families, as well. Shoutout to Jonny David and the Special Olympics Kentucky and the UK Athletics Student-Athlete Advisory Council partnership.”

Turner wanted to add a special shoutout to the team he’s most passionate about: “GO BIG BLUE!!”

Once again, well done to the entire Kentucky basketball program on hosting an incredible group of individuals for a night of fun at Rupp Arena.

I like my team.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

7 Comments for Jemarl Baker on meeting Special Olympics athletes: “That’s part of the reason we came (to Kentucky)”

  1. J-Dub421
    11:02 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    We always get the nicest kids at UK.

  2. ClutchCargo
    12:13 am February 6, 2019 Permalink

    This is what it means to be winning the game of life. Butch Jones’ definition notwithstanding.

    2:13 am February 6, 2019 Permalink

    Like our team.
    Like our players.
    Like our coach.

  4. JASUN74
    3:29 am February 6, 2019 Permalink

    Jonny, I don’t know if you guys read this stuff. I actually hope not. Anyway, I’d just like to say how very proud we are to have you as a part of this family. You have made some very special friends for life buddy and we couldn’t have asked for a better person to represent the Wildcats. Very well done my friend, and thank you for creating some smiles and memories tonight!!

  5. 4everUKblue
    8:12 am February 6, 2019 Permalink

    Just one more reason why Cal is the only coach for this job.