Hewlett-Packard to give UK $100,000 at IU game

By Sean Laplaca

UK will receive $100,000 in scholarships from Hewlett-Packard at the men’s basketball game Saturday.

HP and ESPN held a contest during the 2010 NCAA basketball tournament for students at the schools involved to compete to prove who has the most amazing fans.  Fans were encouraged to upload photos, videos, comments and posts to promote their school through various social media outlets. UK demonstrated more passion and school spirit than the other 16 participating schools.

“We’ve always known that the Big Blue Nation was something special.” UK Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing Jay Blanton said. “But now there is national recognition of the fact that we have the best fans in the country. At the same time, that fan fervor is being channeled into a great cause with this donation of $100,000 from HP, which will go to scholarships and student needs. It’s yet another great example of the partnership that can and should occur between academics and athletics.”