Louisville's Kevin Ware Attends Exclusive Dinner at White House

Justin OnslowContributor IIApril 29, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Injured guard Kevin Ware #5 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates after he cut down the net after Louisville won 82-76 against the Michigan Wolverines during the 2013 NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at the Georgia Dome on April 8, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Not many college basketball players can say they’ve been to the White House as a dinner guest. Louisville guard Kevin Ware can, and there isn’t a more deserving person to do so.

As he announced on Twitter, Ware was invited to the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, which was held on April 27:

Ware claimed the support of an entire nation when he suffered a badly broken leg against Duke in the NCAA tournament. It was the kind of injury no one ever expects and the kind of setback from which few would ever expect to fully recover.

But as was the theme in Louisville’s title run, Ware has proved to be an inspiration, exemplifying some of the greatest aspects of sports. He moved forward with the grace and determination to make him a national darling, and the result has been a truly inspiring story of fortitude and character.

The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner is a light-hearted affair featuring plenty of notable celebrities, and Ware’s inclusion at the event was a sign of the impact he's made in moving forward from a gruesome injury on national television.  

Here’s a look at Ware on the red carpet and with renowned neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta:

Ware wasn’t exactly the star of the Louisville basketball program, but he’s proving to be a star off the court. Attending a dinner at the White House is certainly a special experience—something the 20-year-old will remember for the rest of his life.

The road to recovery will be arduous, but there’s something to be said for a little extra support.

And Ware certainly deserves it.