Offensive Guard gives back to the community with hands-on CPR training
Junior offensive guard Kenneth Horsey was nominated for the Good Works Team of the Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) in 2021®, was announced today. He is one of 109 student-athletes – from divisions across the country – nominated for their stories of exemplary community service, alongside their academic commitment, and their impact on and off the field.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team was founded in 1992 and is one of the most coveted nonprofit awards in college football. Of the 109 nominees, the final list of 23 winners will bring together 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl subdivision; 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA); and a volunteer head coach. To be considered for a spot on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, each player must be actively involved in a nonprofit or service group while maintaining strong academic status.
Hailing from Sanford, Florida, Horsey has a notable comeback history that inspired his community service work for heart health.
In the spring of 2018, before arriving in Kentucky for his first season, he complained of pain in his side. His parents took him to the emergency room, where doctors eventually found a growth on one of his heart valves. He underwent open heart surgery on April 8, 2018, and some doctors even said his football career was over. Horsey was not deterred, however. He came to Kentucky and wore the 2018 Red Shirt with the aim of earning a place in Kentucky’s offensive line affectionately known as the “Big Blue Wall”. In 2019 he saw action in four games and continued to train and prepare his body for the rigors of the Southeastern Conference. He has lost 50 pounds since his operation in 2018 and has earned the left guard starting position on the “Big Blue Wall” because of his hard work and dedication. A broken left hand that had to be operated on in preparation for the season also got out of the way. He started in eight games in 2020, helping the Wildcats to a fifth place in the Southeastern Conference in a hurry (187.4).
Because of his heart condition and the way he felt supported by his surgery and recovery, he began volunteering for the Lexington Chapter of the American Heart Association in 2020. Here are some of his charitable events:
- Speech at the 2020 Central Kentucky Heart Walk kick-off event
- Speech at the UK Healthcare Heart Walk 2020 kick-off event
- Dedicated his 2020 football season to Finn Collier, a seven-year-old who lost his life to heart disease
- Participation in American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day (2020 and 2021)
- Participation in the Central Kentucky Heart Walk Digital Experience 2021 (2021)
- Coordinated and planned practical CPR training for the UK soccer team and staff in spring 2021 (video to follow)
- Help plan a hands-only CPR media availability on June 14th, raising hands-only CPR awareness in the media for CPR Awareness Month
“Kenneth was an incredible advocate of the American Heart Association’s mission,” said Julie Lay, regional communications director for the American Heart Association. “As a survivor, he knows firsthand about the trials and tribulations that heart disease can cause. He uses this knowledge to educate the community about what they can do to reduce their risk through his many platforms. Kenneth is an incredible asset to both our organization and our community, and his work really helps us save lives. “
The final 22-person team and volunteer trainer will be selected by a voting panel of former members of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and journalists. They are looking for players who demonstrate exceptional leadership skills on and off the soccer field.
After the final team members were announced in September, fans can vote for this year’s Allstate AFCA Good Works Team captain on the official page on ESPN.com. Fans can use #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels to join the discussion throughout the season.