Community Outreach – CATS in the Community Presented by Passport Health

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.

cats-in-the-community logoIf 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


Lexington Montessori School “Reading with the Stars” Program (October-May)
A local Montessori program is requesting volunteers to read books to young children on Mondays between 10:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Garden Springs Elementary School Walk-a-Thon (October 9, 2015)
Student-athletes are being asked to promote physical fitness by participating in a local elementary school’s annual walk-a-thon event. Event will begin at 1:30 p.m. and run until 2:45 p.m.

Iron Horse Half Marathon (October 11, 2015)
Volunteers are needed at this annual Midway College half-marathon to distribute food and beverages between the hours of 7 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will also help distribute awards at the end.

Tates Creek Middle School Literacy Night (November 12, 2015)
A local middle school is looking for 3-5 volunteers to help promote literacy by reading books to children. Event begins at 5 p.m. and will conclude at 7 p.m.