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Michael Smith

Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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Wildcats helping the world: ‘A trip like that, it changes you’

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 05 / 29 / 17

It’s 7,547 miles from the University of Kentucky’s campus to Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. Until six years ago, there was practically no reason a Kentucky athlete would have ever made that trip or gotten to know the people in the impoverished parts of the city. Chances ar...

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