Community Outreach – CATS in the Community

CATS offers student-athletes the opportunity to volunteer their time to help those in the community. The Outreach area has shown a significant increase in the number of student-athletes volunteering and the number of activities organized. During the 2013-14 academic year student-athletes volunteered over 4,300 hours of their time to community service in addition to going to class, attending practice, studying, and traveling to tournaments.

How to request a student-athlete volunteer or group
Please contact Dustin Lewis, UK Life Skills Coordinator, at Dustin.Lewis@uky.edu if you would like to request a student-athlete volunteer.

The CATS Outreach Policy requires at least two weeks advanced notice to schedule a student-athlete for any volunteer activity due to the large number of requests we receive weekly. Furthermore, in order to request a UK student-athlete volunteer, an organization or event site must be within 30 miles of our Lexington campus. Student-athletes cannot afford to travel long distances due to the intense nature of their academic and athletic commitments (NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from missing class to attend an event).

If making a request for a head coach, please contact his/her office directly. Contact information can be found in our staff directory located on the UK Athletics home page.

If making a request for the University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball team, please e-mail Sandy Bell, UK Athletics Sr. Associate Athletics Director for Student Services, at sbell@email.uky.edu

If making a request for the Wildcat mascot, please contact UK Head Cheerleading Coach Jomo Thompson at ukcheer@uky.edu

UPCOMING SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES FOR UK STUDENT-ATHLETES:

Tates Creek Middle School (September 8, 2015)
Local elementary school is seeking volunteers to read books to students between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Girls on the Run Central Kentucky – (August 31 – November 20) 
GOTR Central Kentucky has a 12-week program for girls 3rd grade through 8th grade. This organization inspires girls to be healthy, joyful and self-confident using an experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Participants meet once a week for 75 minutes. Each lesson includes an activity/workout to encourage participants to increase their endurance as they train for a 5K event. Teams meet on various days, usually between 2:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Season-ending 5K event is scheduled for November 21 at Keeneland Race Track.