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Opinion

Letter: Class act

February 19, 2013

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To the editor:

Ben McLemore. This college student has become a great asset to the city of Lawrence, and we do not give him enough notice. Many times last year, it was written about his freshman challenges and the commitment he maintained to his team and coach through it all. Now, his story will be a highlight of the NCAA tournament and many expect him to be a top draft pick.

Before that happens, let’s talk about all the lives that he has touched. Tonight, my wife received a picture of a 6-year-old wearing a jersey Ben had signed at the women’s game that he attended. I have often seen posts with pictures of his patience and positive influence on other children. He and the entire team signed programs for two of my boys after Late Night.

In the infancy of a long career being in the national spotlight, Ben has carried himself as an individual that any professional basketball team will pay handsomely and be fortunate to have wear their jersey. As our season ends and he potentially goes on to greater things, I hope he remembers the Kansas motto, “Ad astra per aspera” (To the stars through difficulties).

Comments

mom_of_three 1 year, 2 months ago

While I would love for him to stay for four years, he has an opportunity for a job that he will love and be successful at it. If he really wants his education, which his mother has indicated, there are others ways of achieving it.

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elliottaw 1 year, 2 months ago

He could send an even better message to the kids by completing his college degree and not leaving n hopes of quick cash, less than 10% percent who leave for the pros make it, and those who do can be finished with one injury, stay in school and get your education child.

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