Generally speaking, most children aspire to do as well as their parents. It’s ingrained in most people to want to live up to their parents’ legacy, and in many cases, achieve just a little bit more.
For E.J. Floreal, a walk-on on the 2013-14 Kentucky basketball team, that notion could seem daunting if he lets it.
His father, Edrick Floreal Sr., who is in his second year as the head coach of UK’s track and field program, was a two-time Olympian for Canada, won five NCAA individual titles as a college athlete and is in pursuit of a team championship as the head coach at Kentucky. His mother, LaVonna Martin-Floreal, a two-time U.S. Olympian, won the silver medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain. Even his sister, “Mimi,” who is a few years younger than him, was one of the fastest sprinters in the state last year as a freshman in high school.