Add “Homecoming Escort” to Russ Smith’s Resumé

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So you are a freshman in high school and are about to be honored in the homecoming festivities. The guy who is supposed to be your escort has not come to the practices for the ceremony and also decided to not show up at the game for you. So what do you do? Of course, you ask Russ Smith, who is in attendance, to be your escort.

This is what Manual freshman Tonysha Curry did on Friday night in between a girls and boys doubleheader between Manual and Eastern. Russ was at the game because he is friends with an assistant coach at Eastern, Dean Baumert, who is a former student manager for the Louisville basketball team.

With Curry’s date playing the role of “jerk” (right?), he actually did her a favor by not showing up because she was then able to ask Russ Smith, who was sitting in the front row, if he would escort her.

“Can I do that?” Russ asked.

“I was like, ‘Yeah, you can! You can,'” urged Curry to Smith.

“I didn’t know,” said Smith, when recalling being asked to take part in the homecoming festivities. “It just all happened too fast. She said, ‘Please, it would really make my day, make my night.’ It actually made my day probably more than hers. I’m kind of really happy about it.”

Smith also said “It was really nice of her to ask me, so I got up and did it for her. … That never happens. It’s one-in-a-million. That made my day.”

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