After breaking his leg last weekend, Louisville’s Kevin Ware has been medically cleared to travel with the team. He will be on the bench cheering on his squad during the Final Four in Atlanta this weekend. Many feel that his sheer presence will give Louisville a boost. That remains to be seen.
But there will also be 1,000 Kevin Wares in the stands. Amar’e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks has donated that many Kevin Ware cutouts to be on display this weekend, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN.
Ware’s injury transcends all walks of life and this is another example. Nice gesture by Amar’e, who doesn’t have a horse in the race.
When the $2,500 price for 1,000 heads appeared to be a bit steep, the company’s founder, Bryan Price, got to work. He looked on Twitter at the professional athletes sending messages to Ware and saw a note from New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire. Price had previously worked with Stoudemire’s foundation. A phone call later, Stoudemire’s foundation was on board to donate the heads. Price said on the back of the heads will be the hashtag #winforware and a logo for Stoudemire’s foundation, which aims to makes lives better for at-risk youth.
Louisville’s sports information director, Kenny Klein, told ESPN.com that the heads were cleared by the school’s compliance department and will be given away to students who will be in the student section tomorrow supporting the team.