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Info On Kentucky's Open Practice

The Kentucky basketball team is hosting a live practice Tuesday evening as well as a telethon right before it for the victims of the flooding throughout eastern Kentucky. The practice is open to the public and there is no cost to get in, they just ask that anyone who comes donates what they are able to.

There will be auctioned-off signed basketballs from the players, apparel, and a multitude of other UK related items. The night is jammed packed with a lot going on, so here is the complete rundown.

5:00-6:00: Players will host a telethon to raise money for the victims of the floods in eastern Kentucky

6:00-6:15: Players will get ready for practice

6:15-6:30: Team will get introduced to the crowd inside Rupp Arena

6:30-8:00: The team will have a dunk contest, three-point contest and a legitimate practice followed by a live scrimmage for fans to watch

Remember that this event was thrown together in roughly 48 hours, so if things don't run as smoothly as you'd like for them to (lines, tickets etc.), just remember what the reason this whole thing is for and to have a little extra patience during it.

UK also says that "one hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross to benefit the immediate needs of Kentuckians impacted by the floods."

“Our players approached me about helping our state,” said UK head coach John Calipari. “They know that our state is hurting again, and they wanted to do anything they could to help. It was their idea to hold an open practice, and the Red Cross, LEX 18 and Rupp Arena were quick to offer assistance to help make this happen. Joe and Kelly Craft will help host the event as they have in the past. I know we’ve asked a lot in the last few months, but it’s time to help our fellow Kentuckians again with immediate ways to make a difference. The team and I are looking forward to doing what we can, and I know the support of a number of others will mark another unbelievable testament to the kind hearts of the people of this state.”

Fans should use the High Street entrances with free parking available in the High Street across from Rupp Arena.

Seating is not reserved and will be open on a first-come-first-serve basis. The team is expected to begin the telethon taking calls and donations and will take the court at approximately 6:30 p.m.

It's honestly such a great thing that the team is doing and even more special that it was all the players idea and that they came to the staff asking how they can help as soon as they found out about what was going on. People they've never met and towns they have never been to. John Calipari preaches being a servant leader before anything else in life and the way he uses the Kentucky brand to teach his players to do so is truly remarkable.

This is a class act from the UK basketball program just like it was when they raised over $1.5 million dollars for the tornado victims in western Kentucky just a few months ago.



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