Kentucky coal miner quickly bounced over to take his son to a basketball game after work
They say our parents are our heroes, and for one boy, his father might be what we all should resemble.
A coal miner, still covered in soot head to toe, had just gotten off work. His shift ended after 5 p.m., giving him less than an hour to make the 6 p.m. game across town.
Instead of going home to shower and change, Michael McGuire chose to spend quality time with his son at a University of Kentucky Wildcats scrimmage.
It captured the hearts of social media audiences, including the Wildcats head coach, John Calipari.
My family’s American dream started in a Clarksburg, WV coal mine, so this picture hits home.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) October 24, 2022
From what I’ve been told, after his shift, he raced to be with his son & watch our team. Don’t know who this is, but I have tickets for him & his family at Rupp to be treated as VIPs!! pic.twitter.com/a5BJXUnK2v
Calipari says he does not know the man in the photo, but through word of mouth, heard of this man’s determination and loving heart.
McGuire’s wife, Mollie, says “My husband chose the job he has to support our family so that I could be home to raise our wonderful children, there are many times he misses out on these events due to work. So any chance he can be there he is, no matter how tired or dirty.”
At his post-game conference, John Calipari explains how he wanted to treat the father-son duo.
Story via Alexx Altman-Devilbiss with WCYB News