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Ware injury makes cover, fans have chance to sign card

The card will be delivered to Ware when he returns from Atlanta. The card will be delivered to Ware when he returns from Atlanta.
Source: Sports Illustrated Source: Sports Illustrated

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.

Monday 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.

University 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 many people."

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.

Around 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 for #5.

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 his recovery."

Ware and Coach Rick Pitino will address questions Wednesday with Ware's parents before the team heads to Atlanta for the Final Four.

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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