Categorized | Andy Shupe, General Photos, Sports

UA men’s basketball student-athletes give back

Moses Kingsley (right) smiles Wednesday, July 29, 2015, as he greets students as Manuale Watkins (from left) and Jimmy Whitt, all members of the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team, hand out backpacks at the Boys and Girls Club of Fayetteville. The backpacks were filled with school supplies as needed, all provided by Dwelling Place Church, the Upsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, the Gamma Eta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, the Boys and Girls Club of Fayetteville, Walgreens, the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team, and the Ronnie Brewer Foundation. After receiving a backpack and school supplies, the students spent time with the student-athletes and Brewer.

As a diehard college basketball fan from Kentucky, the idea of meeting members of the UK basketball team back when I was a child is mind-blowing. To have them speak to me and give me things, well that’s even more so. I can imagine these kids are just as awestruck as I would have been, and that’s a great tool to use when you deliver a positive message as they did today because these kids were listening.

About Andy Shupe

Andy Shupe was born at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., before moving to Berea, Ky., where he grew up. After graduating from Berea College with a degree in biology in 1993, Andy moved to Fayetteville and began working for the Northwest Arkansas Times as a clever ploy to enable him to see his beloved Kentucky Wildcats play basketball. In addition to photography, Andy enjoys baseball, working on old cars and marveling at how old that makes him sound.