While their playing days might be over, the lessons Hancock County’s community leaders learned on the sports fields continue to guide them today. In this week-long series, we look back on the positive effect athletics had on their lives.
GREENFIELD — “Next play.”
It’s a common refrain in basketball circles, usually barked out of the mouths of coaches following a turnover or missed shot.
John Kennedy lived that mantra in a basketball game during his high school days at the Latin School of Indianapolis, albeit in an atypical hardwood circumstance.
While playing defense, Kennedy leapt up for a rebound, corralled the ball – and accidentally attempted to put the ball through the wrong basket.
“As I was going up for the shot, my brain caught up with my action. I do remember thinking, ‘Oh, no,’ and pulling the ball back,” Kennedy said, before joking, “Or at least that is my story, and I am sticking to it.”