Friday, September 7, 2012

Wayne Simien proud of fundraising work

Lawrence Family Promise events set for Sunday, Monday

Former Kansas University basketball standout Wayne Simien has retired from professional basketball and has started Called to Greatness, a Christian-based sports organization through Morning Star Christian Church, 998 N. 1771 Road, and Midwest Student Ministries.

Former Kansas University basketball standout Wayne Simien has retired from professional basketball and has started Called to Greatness, a Christian-based sports organization through Morning Star Christian Church, 998 N. 1771 Road, and Midwest Student Ministries.


Former Kansas University All-America basketball power forward Wayne Simien and Cindy Self, wife of KU coach Bill Self, are fourth-year co-chairs of Sunday and Monday fundraisers for Lawrence’s Family Promise.

“I’d like to say how pleased we are at the support from the community that we are continuing to get,” Simien said Thursday, referring to Monday’s scramble golf tournament at Alvamar and Sunday’s auction party at Maceli’s.

“More and more people are getting involved, which allows us to help more and more families. In the community where your time, attention and resources can be directed to a lot of things, whether it’s KU sports or shopping or entertainment, we’ve got a great opportunity to help serve a lot of families in need right here in our community,” Simien added.

Proceeds go to Family Promise, whose mission is to “transform the lives of homeless children and their families by providing safe shelter, food, counseling, and training in partnership with local communities of faith through hospitality and daily living support in a compassionate setting. The program is designed to address the needs of families and equip them to move into permanent housing as quickly as possible.”

Simien has provided youths in the Family Promise community scholarships to his Called to Greatness basketball camps and 3-on-3 camps. Simien and Self have provided youths admission to some KU events as well.

“Cindy has been very involved, and, with that, coach Self is involved and aware of what is going on,” Simien said. “He lends his support as well. Their hearts are embracing this community over the last 10 years they’ve been here. It’s meant a lot to these families.

“They are doing more than just helping win basketball games. They are helping serve a lot of people in need.”

For information on the golf tournament and party at Maceli’s, check out the website or call Joe Reitz at 785-331-5024.

Shepherd to visit: Karviar Shepherd, a 6-foot-10 senior center from Prime Prep Academy in Dallas, will attend the Oct. 12 Late Night in the Phog as part of an official recruiting visit, reports. Shepherd, the No. 43-rated player in the Class of 2013, will visit TCU on Sept. 21, Texas A&M; on Sept. 28 and Oklahoma on Oct. 19. He also has Texas on his list. Other recruits to attend Late Night: Tyler Roberson, a 6-8 senior small forward from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic, who is ranked No. 29 in the country; and Chris Jones, 5-10 sophomore point guard from Northwest Florida State College. Jones has cut his list to KU,  Louisville, Baylor, Florida State, Memphis and Oklahoma State, reports.

Young in-home: James Young, a 6-6 senior shooting guard from Rochester (Mich.) High School, will hold an in-home visit with KU’s coaches, reports. The country’s No. 8-rated player is considering KU, Kentucky, Arizona, Syracuse and Michigan State.

Randle update: Julius Randle, a 6-9 senior forward from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, will visit Kentucky Sept. 15 and Florida on Oct. 5, reports. The country’s No. 1 player, who is considering KU, will wait until the spring to sign. Others on his list: Texas, Baylor, North Carolina, Duke, N.C. State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.


Karen Mansfield-Stewart 10 years, 2 months ago

It's great having Norm Roberts back! KU seems to be on most of the top 50 kid's lists once again. I can't wait to see who rounds out the last two or three spots in a class that has a chance to be very special.

jhox 10 years, 2 months ago

Looks like Julius has the weekend of October 12th open.

Unfortunately, slick Cal will have already had the opportunity to open his wallet nice and wide for him.

Robert Brock 10 years, 2 months ago

Randle has visited KU already on an unofficial. He knows what KU is about...

REHawk 10 years, 2 months ago

Wayne and Cindy, thanks for your fine work. Kansas Basketball steps far outside of Allen Fieldhouse.

Tony Bandle 10 years, 2 months ago

*Regarding Randle....I think KU has an uphill battle against Duke and UK

*Class of 2013 line-up of Greene, Frankamp, Shephard and Barber would be a fantastic influx of talent and quite doable at this point.

*Good work by Wayne and Cindy once again.[Doesn't Wayne hold the time record for longest Senior Night Speech? ]

*Golly, it's the second week of the season and I am still excited about Kansas Football!! It's been awhile since I could truly say that!!

notjustbread 10 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Wayne for all you do. You are a great role model. And yes, that was an awesome, albeit long, senior night speech. God bless!

Make_Ur_Free_Throws 10 years, 2 months ago

Thank You Wayne & Cindy! Appreciate the difference you are making in the lives of those who need it most! God bless you both! (-:

dochambers 10 years, 2 months ago

As long as we're talking about all things Jayhawkian (?), I must report that support for OUR TEAM extends to far and strange scenes. A week or so ago, we were in Banner Elk, NC (that's North Carolina!) and checking in to play golf. The kid at the counter saw my Jayhawk baseball cap and reduced our green fees by 25%. A day or two later we were on Grandfather Mountain (same state). I made a small purchase, still wearing THE BALL CAP. The clerk took my money, said he loved Bill Self and gave us a half dozen free postcards. Who knew in the heart of Krzyzewski-land and RoyWilliamsville that sentiment resided for us good guys!

mikehawk 10 years, 2 months ago

Coach and Mrs. Self, and Wayne Simien. Kansas Class. Doing the right things for the right reasons. Congratulations on your fundraising efforts.

jaybate 10 years, 2 months ago

I would think a lawyer could clear up any crisis for the NCAA and for Duke regarding the loan quite easily.

The argument would go like this: Lance Thomas was not trading on his celebrity as an NCAA amateur basketball player to get the loan. Lance Thomas was trading on his likelihood of imminently getting an NBA contract. The jeweler loaned on the expectation that Thomas would get some kind of NBA contract, not on Thomas' notoriety as an NCAA player. End of that issue.

The $30K is a little stickier, but only a little. What if Thomas had a summer job for summers, while at Duke, (regardless if it were provided by an alum, or not)? I haven't looked up how many years Thomas played for Duke, so I have calculated four summers. He could easily have amassed almost that much money over four summers.

3 months x 22days/mo x 8 hours/day x 4 summers x $15/hour = $31,680.

Suppose he had only banked $21K of it. Then he would have only to borrow $9K in student loans to come up with the $30K. That used to be possible over a period of years in school. I would suspect a wealthy private school may have private loans for its students, too, or "grants" that make it so a kid can bank all his summer earnings.

I suppose there are quite a lot of other ways he could have pulled this off legally also, but this would be one.

Wisely, or not, had he expected to be drafted very shortly, and make $400-$500K per year, and been willing to plunk down the $30K in cash from the summer job and the student loans, it does not seem a stretch that a kid could get a jeweler to extend him the balance in credit in a high interest loan.

Think back to when this sale occurred. The country was about two years into the most traumatic economic crisis since the Great Depression. Jewelers like this in New York had been taking a serious bath, because of high inventories carrrying forward into the jaws of a bunch of high rollers having lost their shirts in the derivatives crash. Not everyone was getting bailed out. Less jewelry was moving. Probably a lot less. Getting some naive kid about to be drafted to plunk down $30k to relieve their books of some stale ice probably seemed like a fabulous deal for the jeweler. We get the cash. We get outrageous interest. If he balks, we go after his salary and the ice.

I don't see Coach Consonants losing his ring.

Or Duke forfeiting.

But I do see the NCAA and Duke having to tread carefully through this one.

(Note: all speculation and opining.)

Ed Brown 10 years, 2 months ago

Wayne is truly a KU hero and anything involving him with HCBS is nothing less than first class.

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