Former Wildcat spreads serious message to EKY kids

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT)- Many Kentuckians will tell you, they take the University of Kentucky Wildcats and basketball very seriously.

On Saturday, two groups used both of those elements to spread a serious message.

“Don’t take the easy road, take the road less traveled that is drug-free and give yourself a better life so you can pass that message on,” Brent McDonald with Upward Basketball said.

Operation Unite and Upward Basketball worked together to organize the 2nd Annual Jeff Sheppard Basketball Camp. Sheppard himself headed the camp at First Baptist Church in Barbourville.

“I think one of the life lessons is that basketball can give us is it’s not always about ourselves. Sometimes in life, we have to give up a little bit for the team and for others,” McDonald added.

Sheppard uses his experience as a former Kentucky Wildcat to teach the fundamentals of basketball not use to area kids, but to parents and coaches too.

“So what he’s doing is looking at the basics and leaving that behind with coaches and parents, who is going to be with these children every day,” McDonald said.

And setting the example to kids that may be young now, but one day will choose to live a drug-free life.

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