Many of you have either seen or heard about the gruesome leg injury that happened
to Louisville basketball player during a game on Easter Sunday. He had a compound
fracture of his lower leg, right in front of the Louisville bench, on national TV.
I was at my parents about to start Easter dinner when my brother called me over to the
TV to see it, thankfully I missed it, what I did see was a bunch of Louisville players being
consoled, lying on the floor, and crying. I thought something much worse had happened.
After a couple minutes Kevin Ware called his teammates over and talked to them. Gave
them a speech. I don’t know exactly what it said, but it worked. Louisville was up 21-20
at the time of the injury. They went on to beat Duke 85-63.
Since the injury the Louisville players and coaches have dedicated the rest of the season
to Kevin, even changing their warm up shirts so that Kevin’s number 5 is on the back of
every players warm up shirt.
Kevin Ware is the eighth leading scorer on his team, he is seventh in minutes played,
sixth in assists per game, ninth in rebounds per game, you get the idea. Kevin Ware is a
very good basketball player, however the reason that he has been plastered all over ESPN
and many other national media outlets is not because of his unbelievable basketball skill
but because of this unbelievably bad thing that happened to him.
Kevin Ware has a platform that he would have never had if he had not come down on his
leg wrong on national television. People are praising him for his bravery and resiliency
just days after the injury. His first steps since surgery were on Facebook and Twitter
minutes after he took them.
Kevin Ware did not see this coming, he jumped like normal, just came down a little weird
and just like that he is a national story.
You probably won’t see it coming either. It’ll just be a routine doctors visit, or a normal
day when your phone rings with bad news on the other end. But the result will be the
All of a sudden everyone will be looking at you, seeing how you respond. Tragedy
amplifies our platform. It adds a megaphone to our message. You don’t have to ask for
it, you might not even want it. But people are always interested in how people respond
when tragedy hits, when the unexpected happens.
Some people at our church are going through this kind of thing right now. People are
watching them walk through very difficult circumstances and are being blown away.
They are being blown away because we don’t know how we will react in bad situations
until we are in one. I know I always hope I will have a great testimony if something bad
happens, but I am blown away by people who are walking through it right now and are
faithful to proclaim the message of Christ as they do.
Director of Student Ministries