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By LAUREN COLWELL
My mom, Doris, managed to miss a step as we entered Memorial Coliseum Sunday night at the Women’s Clinic and fell. Her ankle immediately started turning blue and swelling. The two other ladies in our group got her to a seat. She assured us she was fine, but her first thought was, “Can you take my ball to be signed tonight?” So we brought food to her from the Rafferty’s table and made sure she was okay, and we went off to find UK’s athletic trainer Chris Simmons. Chris is always one of my favorite people at the clinic, and I knew he would be the man to help us with an ankle injury.
I found him in the crowded training room, and explained our situation and at the same time I said, “Could we have some ice,” he was saying, “Can I get you some ice?” He said he could go get her wheeled in to the table and look at it, but the crowd was such that it would have been hard, so he gathered up his ice and wrappings and came to her. He wrapped her foot and we joked that we would tell everyone she injured herself trying to block shots, or we said we would say, “I picked and she rolled the wrong way,” or something like that.
When we were ready to leave, Preston Spradlin helped us get her to the car and even came out to help put her in the car. Preston was a busy man Sunday night. Every time I was near him, people were calling his name, but he made time to help us.
Every year I write a “thank you” to the basketball office after the clinic and every year I’ve been, I’ve always found many reasons to brag on both Chris and Preston for their kindness and hospitality to us while we’re there. Once again, they’ve proven why I find them a favorite at the clinic. Thank you again guys!