The annual tradition of playing the Blue-White game in Rupp Arena by the men's basketball team has been altered just a little. This year the prestigious scrimmage will be held in eastern Kentucky.
Due to the tragic flooding in over a half-dozen counties on the bottom east border of the state, taking out nearly everything in its path and leaving thousands homeless and left to start life over, they're still needing our support. The natural disaster was one of the saddest moments in the Commonwealth's history, caused by mother nature herself. While no one deserves what they had to deal with from the flooding, I must say it couldn't have happened to better people. That part of the state has some of the most generous people who would give you the shirt off their back if you needed it. And the Kentucky men's basketball program is aware of that and wants to do what they can to continue helping them. Kentuckians take care of Kentuckians, and that's a fact.
Not only did they raise nearly $4 million dollars through a telethon and open practice this summer, they have decided to take the Blue-White scrimmage to Pikeville! The event will be held on October 22nd at Kentucky’s Appalachian Wireless Arena which will be sponsored by Big O Tires. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. ET.
In addition to the Blue-White Game, the team will travel to Eastern Kentucky for the day and conduct a community service activity for those impacted by the natural disaster. Prior to the game, there will be a pregame Fan Fest outside of the arena, highlighted by a UK basketball pregame show.
“We’re excited to be able to come and play for the fans of eastern Kentucky,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “This is a unique opportunity for the people in our state who have been affected and we hope we can provide a temporary escape with basketball and community engagement.”
All ticket revenue will go to those affected by the devastating floods through Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief. Ticket information and further details will be announced at a later date through the Appalachian Wireless Arena site and Ticketmaster.com.
Put wins and losses, coaching style, whatever it may be you have against John Calipari to the side, there’s one thing he’s always done right here and that’s use Kentucky’s platform to support people all across this state (and outside of it) who are in desperate need of help. His leadership in being a servant of the people will go down as his best trait. Truly the way someone should use their power and the brand of Kentucky basketball when given the chance.