BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Kentucky Men’s Basketball Sophomore Year Lance Ware was named to the Southeastern Conference Men’s Basketball Community Service Team on Thursday. Ware is the UK representative on the 14-man squad that honors players for exemplary service to their communities.
This marks the 24th year of the SEC Community Service Team for men’s basketball. All 21 league-sponsored sports have had a community service team since 2004. The team honors student-athletes beyond the field for their continued efforts in the community.
Known for his tenacity on the court, Ware’s passion was just as evident outside of basketball as he became one of the most engaging and compassionate student-athletes on campus. During his two years in the UK, Ware spent over 100 hours working with children at basketball camps or volunteering for community engagement projects across the state of Kentucky.
Last summer, Ware visited staff at the Covington, Ky., hospital, which served as the region’s primary COVID-19 hospital, to thank staff for their work during the pandemic and also visited Pillar in Crestwood, Kentucky, to share a field day. with adults living with an intellectual disability.
Throughout this season, Ware has also been involved in food packaging and delivery for God’s Pantry and multiple holiday outreach projects through the Salvation Army, as well as helping at the UK Athletics Tornado Relief Telethon with the Red Cross which raised more than $5 million for people in need in western Kentucky.
Ware’s popularity as emcee of summer basketball camps also carried over to his work during the season as he visited military families at Fort Knox and elementary students in Fayette County schools.
Last season, with stricter health and safety protocols in place, Ware took part in several Zoom sessions to inspire local elementary school students and holiday awareness projects through The Salvation Army. He and his teammates also took part in a virtual “Read Across America Day” session.
Ware has seen action in 45 career games for the Wildcats and is shooting better than 50.0 percent.
Other SEC Community Service Team players include Keon Ellis (Alabama), JD Notae (Arkansas), Dylan Cardwell (Auburn), Anthony Duruji (Florida), Jabri Abdur-Rahim (Georgia), Efton Reid (LSU ), Jarkel Joiner (Ole Miss), Isaac Stansbury (Mississippi State), Javon Pickett (Missouri), Jacobi Wright (South Carolina), John Fulkerson (Tennessee), Everett Vaughn (Texas A&M), and Trey Thomas (Vanderbilt).
Kentucky concludes the regular season Saturday in Florida. This game will switch at 2 p.m. on CBS.
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