University of Kentucky Sportsman Ben Jordan has passed away at the age of 22. The coaches from the university made a statement through the University of Kentucky Athletic's Twitter page.
Ben Jordan, a 22-years-old sportsman from the University of Kentucky, passed away. Below will be a look through the statements made by his coaches from the baseball and basketball teams.
Jordan had played for both the UK's Basketball and Baseball teams. Nick Mingione, head coach of the baseball team and head coach of the basketball team, John Calipari, made statements about the late sportsman.
Jordan had joined UK's basketball team for the 2019-20 season. Calipari, the head coach, shared that Tuesday's game had been very emotional as players had worn Jordan's number, 33, for the pregame warmup.
In Calipari's statement on the University's Athletic's Twitter page, he wrote that it was difficult to put into word the tragedy of losing a person so young. He went on to say:
"Ben impacted our team last season in so many ways with his kind heart, his big smile, and his wonderful personality."
Ben Jordan pictured on University of Kentucky's baseball roster. | Photo: ukathletics.com
Calipari continued to say that Jordan had cared so deeply about the university and that being apart of the basketball team had meant so much to him.
He asked that everyone keep both Jordan and his family in their thoughts and prayers as they are all trying to find a way to move forward following the tragedy.
The director of Kentucky Athletics, Mitch Barnhart, shared a statement too.
Kentucky Baseball head coach Mingione shared similar sentiments in his statement to Twitter. He wrote that Jordan's "coaches, teammates, and brothers" loved him and will miss him deeply.
He wrote that Jordan's smile and sense of humor would never be forgotten, and he was an "absolute joy" to be around and coach. Mingione continued:
"We are all hurting and will find a way to carry Ben's legacy forward and keep him in our hearts always. "
The director of Kentucky Athletics, Mitch Barnhart, shared a statement too, in which he revealed that Jordan had a big heart and was always willing to help out where he could.
He remembered fondly the first time he had met Jordan and have been impressed by his passion for his state and the University of Kentucky.
There is no doubt that he impacted both his sports teams and teammates. His legacy will live on within his teammates. As well as his family, Jordan leaves behind his 3 sisters.
As written on his Baseball roster on the University of Kentucky's website, he had made the SEC Academic Honor Roll for 3 years. He was majoring in Biology. Another university sportsman died last month. Click here to read more.