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.
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 Wildcat mascot, please contact UK Head Cheerleading Coach Jomo Thompson at (859) 257-1027 or firstname.lastname@example.org
UPCOMING OUTREACH EVENTS
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 859.252.7706 if you are interested in volunteering.
Support for HIV Walk – The local AIDS Volunteers, Inc. (AVOL) organization is looking for student-athletes to participate in a support walk on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. in downtown Lexington. If interested in volunteering and/or forming a team, please contact Brynn Gallaher at 859.225.3000 ext. 28.