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


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.