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).

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.

Breakfast with Santa (December 5, 2015)
UK Children’s Hospital is seeking 15-20 UK student-athlete volunteers to spend time with its patients at this event annually held on the first day of September. Volunteers will enjoy a warm breakfast and will help Santa Claus pass out presents afterwards. Event will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and will last until 11 a.m.

Salvation Army bell ringing (November 10 – December 24, 2015)
The UK Athletics department will once again ring the bells for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign this holiday season. Start date will most likely be the week of November 9th or 16th. Volunteers typically ring on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Euclid Ave. Kroger store between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. A sign-up sheet will be posted on Dustin’s door at CATS beginning in early November.

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