UK Wildcats News: Bonding through swimming

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The Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team is now in the Bahamas preparing for a four-game exhibition slate this week. This trip will also be a great vacation in one of the most beautiful resorts in the world, which will include lots of swimming in the ocean.

However, not all Wildcats were prepared for this, as several players couldn’t swim just a few weeks ago.

Luckily, Director of Player Development TJ Beisner caught wind of this and decided to arrange swimming lessons for players who couldn’t swim.

It turned out that the other players showed up for lessons to help cheer on their teammates, which led to a great bonding experience for the team, as Lexington Herald-Leader reporter Ben Roberts writes:

Lessons were specifically designed for guys who couldn’t swim, but – as players started talking about it at the team clubhouse – others started showing up. The pool filled up pretty quickly.

“It became this thing where — when the guys who were learning to swim were going to class — the players who could swim were just coming to the pool and cheering them on,” Beisner said.

The other guys showed up and jumped off the diving board, raced into the pool sideways and shouted encouragement to their still learning teammates.

Be sure to read the full Herald-Leader article here.

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The team that bonded in the pool included assistant coach Ron ‘Chin’ Coleman pictured in this outfit, which has now become a shirt for the players.

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