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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Perry Ellis honored for community service

Kansas forward Perry Ellis.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis.

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Kansas men’s basketball senior Perry Ellis received the Honorary Hero Award at the Real Men, Real Heroes Annual Recognition Event, Tuesday in Wichita.

While earning valedictorian honors and guiding Wichita Heights to four straight state titles, Ellis also volunteered as a mentor to local youth for the Teen Hero program for Real Men, Real Heroes. He continues to work with the Teen Hero program.

“As a kid, my coach, Steve Young, would tell me to try to become a better person and better player every day. That’s something I ran with,” Ellis told the crowd. “I got the chance to be a Teen Hero in high school. I got the chance to talk to kids and show them what it takes, what choices they need to make and really how important academics are.

Comments

Don Everett 7 years, 6 months ago

Congrats Perry. This is the kind of honor/award that will live with you forever.

Scott Proch 7 years, 6 months ago

Outstanding Perry! You've learned by now that you get more blessings with every service! What a great kid to have as a part of our program! I just visited the campus this week and re-read the statue. When asked about his favorite team, Phog said, "I'll have to wait 25 years to answer that to see how they contribute to society."

Rodney Crain 7 years, 6 months ago

Congrats Perry, an excellent example by an outstanding young man!

Harlan Hobbs 7 years, 6 months ago

Great comments all. Perfect retrospective, Scott.

I look forward to following Perry upon his graduation from KU. I am sure that he is destined for bigger and better things, even though his exploits at KU have already been very impressive.

Humpy Helsel 7 years, 6 months ago

A scholar and a gentleman. Way to go, Perry. Using your talents and celebrity is the truest sense of the words. You make us proud, young man.

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