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Kentucky basketball players are building an early bond in an unexpected place.

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The Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team is now in the Bahamas getting set for a four-game exhibition slate this week. This trip will also be a nice vacation in one of the most beautiful resorts in the world, which will include plenty of swimming in the ocean.

However, not every Wildcat was prepared for this, as several players didn’t know how to swim just a few weeks ago.

Thankfully, director of player development TJ Beisner caught wind of this and decided to organize swimming lessons for the players who couldn’t swim.

As is turned out, the other players showed up to the lessons to help cheer on their teammates, which led to a great bonding experience for the team, as Lexington Herald-Leader reporter Ben Roberts writes:

The lessons were specifically set up for the guys who couldn’t swim, but — as the players started talking about it back at the team lodge — others started to show up. The pool got crowded pretty quickly.

“It became this thing where — when the guys who were learning how to swim were going to lessons — the players who knew how to swim would just come to the pool and encourage them,” Beisner said.

The other guys showed up and jumped off the diving board, raced each other in the pool off to the side, and shouted encouragement to their teammates who were still learning.

Be sure to read the full Herald-Leader article here.

Twee of the Day

The team bonding at the pool included assistant coach Ron ‘Chin’ Coleman being photographed in this outfit, which has now become a shirt for the players.

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