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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) -From Sports Illustrated, to the TODAY Show the national spotlight shined brightly on Louisville Tuesday.
The inspiring story of University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware heightened as he returned to campus.
While the injury earned the cover of the coveted magazine Cardinal fans are wishing Ware a fast recovery.
Released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon, the injured Cardinal star headed straight for the "Ville.
Many on campus are still amazed how quickly Ware went through surgery and left the hospital.
night Former UofLl star and Chicago Bear Michael Bush said when he suffered the same injury it took him several days just to
get up on crutches.
It's the sight that had the Cardinal campus
beaming with pride as it's injured son made his triumphant return.
Ware said he was feeling good.
Slowly but surely an
appreciative Ware and his parents walked into the Yum Center practice
facility. His mom Lisa Junior said to the media as she passed by,
"Thanks for all the support, thank you so much, we appreciate it!"
Following his successful leg surgery, Ware made his first stop at the place where he could reunite with his team.
One by one arriving after classes, players signed autographs for fans then stepped inside to the welcome sight of Ware.
of Louisville Senior Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations
Kenny Klein described the emotion inside, " Kevin had a lot of smiles,"
he grinned, "Honestly, he's excited to talk tomorrow (press conference)
he really is, because of the outpouring of support he's received from so
Klein says his own e-mail is full with well wishes
for Ware. Klein said he's gotten 100 alone from Duke fans worried
about the sophomore after he went down during the NCAA game at Lucas Oil
Stadium. "It's a national thing," Klein said, "so, it's been good
for him actually."
From a Sports Illustrated cover to messages
and texts from the country's top athletes, the encouragement for Ware is
the medicine that may have sped his initial recovery.
campus? "I was devastated just like the rest of the country," said
Office of Admissions staffer D. J. Fitzgerald of Ware's injury. Fitzgerald and her co-workers began a Win 4 Ware white ribbon campaign
Colleague Fairen Harris said of her excitement about the
white ribbons, "I was thinking of course, I would wear one and I love
the University of Louisville and I'm extremely proud of Kevin Ware and
Ware and Coach Rick Pitino will address questions
Wednesday with Ware's parents before the team heads to Atlanta for the
SportsRadio 790 (WKRD) and 84WHAS joined together to make a giant get well card for the player and you can put your own well wishes on it.
Radio crews will be out in the community Tuesday April 2 through Friday, April 5 to give fans a chance to sign a personal message for Ware.
You can go sign the card at the following times and locations:
Wednesday, April 3 at Champions Sports Bar with Afternoon Underdogs from 3-5:30pm
Wednesday, April 3 at Fan Outfitters in St. Matthews with Lach from 7-9pm
Thursday, April 4 at Slugger Field with Afternoon Underdogs, 5:30-? Following Live Show
The card will be delivered to Kevin Ware upon his return from Atlanta.
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