By Rich Suwanski Messenger-InquirerOwensboro Messenger-Inquirer
Kentucky Wesleyan College's new men's basketball coach, Happy Osborne, took a short breather from recruiting players Monday and helped serve lunch at the Daniel Pitino Shelter.
While serving homemade vegetable soup, sandwiches and applesauce, Osborne may have recruited a few new fans along the way.
As clients came through the line "they told me they're excited about the team, and they're going to come to the games at the Sportscenter," the affable Osborne said. Cromwell Radio's "Steve Baker comes out here to work every day, and he gives them tickets. I hope they can make every game. We'd love to have them."
Osborne said volunteering at the Pitino Shelter is "the right thing to do."
"The City of Owensboro has been really good to me and my family, and it's a way to give back," Osborne said. "This is a tremendous cause. I met (Pitino Shelter Executive Director) Fr. (Ed) Bradley the other day, and I think a lot of him. And everyone knows about (Louisville) Coach Rick Pitino's son, Daniel.
"Sometimes things get tough for people, and they need a break. It's great we have something like this in Owensboro, and, hopefully, things will get a little easier for people real soon."
George Hemmingsen also served lunch Monday, and has in the past with former KWC head coach Todd Lee and some players.
The shelter serves breakfast and lunch throughout the week and dinner for shelter residents only.
James Barnett, the shelter's program director, said about 160 people came through the line Monday, and that number is likely to increase soon as children are out of school for the summer.
"Some people depend on school lunches, and when school is out, this is the only place they have to go to eat lunch," Barnett said.
Barnett said the shelter could use more volunteers in the kitchen and for serving.
"Volunteers keep our kitchen running," Barnett said. "We wouldn't be able to operate without them. They help prepare meals, assist in cooking, serve and clean up."
Cooking for lunch begins at 8 a.m., and clean-up ends in the early afternoon.
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