Sedat Acton and UofL AD Vince Tyra.
Sedat Acton and UofL AD Vince Tyra.

UofL basketball fans know him as the “handstand man,”  the guy who did handstands on the railings during games at Freedom Hall. He’s Sedat Acton, a native of Turkey, who is celebrating his 50th year in the United States.

As a child, Acton took up gymnastics as a way to cope with polio and his exploits as an adult have made him a legendary figure among UofL fans.

UofL fans may recall Acton's handstands during games at Freedom Hall.
UofL fans may recall Acton’s handstands during games at Freedom Hall.

Acton’s first game as “handstand man” was in 1968. “Everybody remembers Sedat at the ball games” said Vince Tyra, UofL Athletics Director who gave Acton a pile of UofL gear to help celebrate his milestone.

Acton made Louisville his home and is a proud fan of both Trinity High School and the University of Louisville. He is an even bigger fan of the American Flag he brought with him to the U.S. at age 25.

“There is no place like this country” Acton said.

Mark Hebert
Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.