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 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.

Ashleigh - BWSHow 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 Wildcat mascot, please contact UK Head Cheerleading Coach Jomo Thompson at (859) 257-1027 or

UPCOMING OUTREACH EVENTS – Please contact Dustin Lewis at (859) 257-2762 or unless otherwise noted

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 if you are interested in volunteering.

Salvation Army - the local Salvation Army received an overwhelming number of donations of coats and other cold-weather items this winter and currently needs assistance with sorting and arranging the donations at their Food and Clothing Bank. Both group and individual volunteers are welcome Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 am. and 2 p.m. Please contact Townsend Miller at or by phone at 859.252.7706 if you are interested in volunteering.

Millcreek Elementary School Spring Fling - Volunteer basketball officials needed on Saturday, April 12th from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Northern Elementary School Fitness Night - Speakers needed on Thursday, April 17th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to talk to children about the importance of exercise and healthy eating habits.

Picadome Elementary School Fun Run – Volunteers needed to help walk and/or run with children during their annual event that promotes exercise. Event is planned on Friday, May 2nd from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Volunteers are not required to stay the entire time.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day - The YMCA is seeking volunteers to work game stations (arts and crafts, face painting, obstacle course, etc.) at this event which is planned for Sunday, May 4th at Nutter Fieldhouse. Volunteers are being asked to commit to at least 2 hours of service between the hours of 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.