UK top players join Champions with anti-drug message

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When many of you hear about University of Kentucky basketball, you might think of Big Blue Nation or the eight-time NCAA Champions — maybe even a fervent fan base.

But one thing is for sure, the University of Kentucky basketball team is and always has been one of strong teamwork, dedication and perseverance, whether they were winning or losing. These are qualities that a couple of the team’s former players will hone in on, from 4-5 p.m., May 30, at the Carroll County Middle School.

At Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County, we are able to meet with students of all ages through school and community functions to teach them how to be successful and to educate them on the dangerous effects that drugs/alcohol can have on the body.

But when a celebrity comes to town, we know students are more apt to listen to the advice of a nationally known athlete, rather than an adult they see almost every day.

That is why we are excited to announce that UK basketball stars, Jeff Sheppard and Jarrod Polson are coming to Carrollton on Friday, May 30.

They will visit Cartmell and Kathryn Winn in the morning and afternoon, then, for the evening event, they will be at Carroll County Middle School from 4-5 p.m.

This event will be open to the public and a great opportunity to spend time with your family, relishing on the successes of these men.

Successes that they will be able to explain to the community in detail by not using drugs or alcohol, by not giving into peer pressure from their friends and by staying on the right track in school and their social life.

An added bonus to the evening, it will be completely free of charge, and each student that attends will be given the opportunity to get a free poster and have it signed by the players.

We encourage families to join us. Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County wants to take this opportunity to show citizens and students that success is possible through dreams that don’t include substance abuse.

Polson and Sheppard will prove that on May 30 from 4-5 p.m. at the Carroll County Middle School.

If you have questions or concerns, call (502) 525-3571 and please feel free to share the event on your personal social media page through Facebook: Carroll County Champions, Twitter: @DrugFreeCarroll or Instagram via #carrollcountychampions.


 Hayley Franklin is coordinator of Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County.