Community Outreach – CATS in the Community Presented by Passport Health Plan

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).

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 (January-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.

FCEA Read Across America Event @ Fayette Mall (Saturday, March 5, 2016)
The Fayette County Educational Association (FCEA) is once again requesting “celebrity readers” for their annual Read Across America Event at Fayette Mall. Volunteer opportunities are available in 30-minute slots between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Please contact Dustin Lewis at if you are interested in participating or list your name on the sign-up sheet hanging on his office door at CATS.

Passport Health Plan is a provider-sponsored, non-profit, community-based health plan administering Medicaid benefits to more than 250,000 people around Kentucky. Named the top Medicaid plan in Kentucky by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for 2015-16, Passport has been contracted with Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services to administer Medicaid benefits since 1997 and has been serving the entire Commonwealth since January 1, 2014. For more information, go online to