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 2012-13 academic year student-athletes volunteered over 4,600 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 Wildcat mascot, please contact UK Head Cheerleading Coach Jomo Thompson at (859) 257-1027 or firstname.lastname@example.org
UPCOMING OUTREACH EVENTS
Salvation Army Bell Ringing - The UK Athletics Department is once again ringing the bells this holiday for our local Salvation Army. We will ring the bells every Tuesday and Thursday at the Kroger on Euclid Ave. beginning November 12, 2013 and ending December 19, 2013. We ring the bells in one hour shifts that begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. Please contact Dustin Lewis at Dustin.Lewis@uky.edu if you are interested in volunteering!
Russell Cave Elementary After School Program – A local elementary school is looking for mentors to work with young children any day Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Please contact Cathy Sutphen, Russell Cave’s Family Resource Coordinator, at email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering.