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 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

If making a request for the Wildcat mascot, please contact UK Head Cheerleading Coach Jomo Thompson at

Millcreek Elementary School –
a local elementary school is looking for student-athletes to mentor children once a week for 25 minutes.

Dixie Magnet Elementary School – a local elementary school is looking for student-athletes to mentor at-risk children. Preferred times are Tuesdays/Thursdays 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. but can be adjusted to fit your schedule.

Berea College GEAR UP! Program – student-athletes have been requested to mentor at-risk Owsley County Middle School students via Skype for 45 minutes every other week.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing - UK Athletics will once again participate in the Salvation Army of the Bluegrass’s Red Kettle Campaign this holiday season. Beginning Thursday, November 13th, UK student-athletes and staff members will “ring the bells” at the Kroger Store on Romany Rd. every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. each day. (A list of open bell ringing slots are posted on Dustin’s door at CATS).