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 OUTREACH EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
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.

Fayette County Walk a Child to School Day – student-athletes have been requested to meet elementary school children on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. and walk them to their school.  There will be opportunities at both Garden Springs Elementary School and Julius Marks Elementary School in Lexington.