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Former UK player Twany Beckham gets state job promoting wellness

Kentucky Wildcats guard Twany Beckham (11) was introduced at Senior Day as Kentucky defeated Florida 61-57 on Saturday March 9, 2013 in Lexington, Ky.
Kentucky Wildcats guard Twany Beckham (11) was introduced at Senior Day as Kentucky defeated Florida 61-57 on Saturday March 9, 2013 in Lexington, Ky. mcornelison@herald-leader.com

Twany Beckham had to be healthy to play on the 2012 national championship basketball team at the University of Kentucky. Now, he is helping state workers with their health.

State Personnel Secretary Thomas B. Stephens announced Wednesday that Beckham has been named wellness director for the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan.

As wellness director, he will “engage, encourage and promote wellness activities statewide,” according to a news release from the Personnel Cabinet. Beckham’s annual salary will be $40,000.

The move pleased UK coach John Calipari.

“Twany was always a great teammate who inspired others, who brought people together and who people looked up to because of his work ethic,” Calipari said. “He brings those traits with him to this position. I couldn’t be more proud of him or more thankful to our governor.”

Stephens said Beckham “has a great story to tell about hard work, determination and dedication. His enthusiasm will be a great motivator as he works with the KEHP population to encourage an environment of wellness.”

A native of Louisville, Beckham spent two-plus seasons studying and playing basketball at Mississippi State before joining the UK basketball team in 2011 as a walk-on player.

Plagued by injury, Beckham had surgery on both hips and his back during his college career. Despite setbacks, Beckham never gave up his basketball career. He graduated from UK in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

During his senior year, Beckham wrote a book, Full Court Press: Conquering Adversity Under Pressure, which chronicles Beckham’s life from his days as a teenager in Louisville to being part of a national championship team, and how he tackled obstacles along the way.

Jack Brammer: (502) 227-1198, @BGPolitics

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