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A slam-dunk dad
Michael McGuire might be the University of Kentucky basketball team's most dedicated fan – controversial, I know, but hear me out! The Kentucky coal miner had a choice when his shift ended last weekend: Drive 45 minutes to the Wildcats’ charity scrimmage game and arrive on time, or drive back home and clean up but miss half the game.
|McGuire is still wearing his work uniform and heavy boots and his face and arms are covered in black coal dust.|
The decision was easy, though – McGuire wanted to be there when his young son Easton went wild for the home team at his first-ever basketball tourney. So McGuire arrived straight from work, still coated in black dust in his work clothes. The decision was worth it, McGuire said: “(Easton) had a blast. He was dancing and every time they would slam dunk it, he would go crazy.” His fatherly dedication caught the eye of legendary Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari, who invited the family to attend a home game at the school’s stadium (VIP treatment included). “Isn’t it neat for someone like that, who is a quiet, humble guy to know people appreciate you, and we appreciate what you stand for?” Calipari said after meeting McGuire and his family. It’s safe to say Easton is certainly proud to be a coal miner’s son!
Here's a Sunday treat — a baby white-bellied pangolin, curling its tail around the arm of its caretaker. This pic is among the photos (see below) honored by the 2022 Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards, which aims to raise awareness and share beautiful photos of endangered African species.
|A contemplative gorilla, taken in Rwanda, was awarded the "Grand Prize."|
|AWF estimates the lion populations have decreased by 43% the past two decades.|
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