Kentucky mens basketball telethon to benefit those impacted by Eastern Kentucky flooding


The Kentucky mens basketball team will hold a telethon and open practice on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, to benefit those impacted by flooding across eastern Kentucky. Via Twitter

Ian Alvano

The UK mens basketball team will host a telethon and an open practice on Tuesday, Aug. 2, to benefit the people of Eastern Kentucky who have been affected by the floods. 

The telethon will air on LEX 18 and on from 5-8 p.m., and all proceeds will be going directly to the Red Cross. According to the UK Athletics website, team members will be answering the phones as well as participating in open practice, and special guests will make appearances throughout the event.

Donations can be made via mail to American Red Cross Bluegrass Chapter, Attn: Kentucky Floods, 1450 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511, via phone at (859)-787-0909) or online.

The High Street entrance to Rupp Arena will open Tuesday at 5 p.m. for spectators, and practice will begin at 6:30. Free parking will be available in the High Street, and seating will be open on a first-come-first-serve basis.

This will be the first chance that UK faithful will have to catch a glimpse of their new team before the players depart for a tournament in the Bahamas, with action set to begin on Wednesday, Aug. 10. 

Tuesday’s event is the second time in a matter of months when the basketball team has raised money for those affected by natural disasters in the Bluegrass State. In the wake of last year’s western Kentucky tornado, the basketball and football teams raised over $5 million when they paired up for a telethon in December. It also marks the fourth such telethon held under coach John Calipari along with the Red Cross, benefiting those impacted by other natural disasters including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Harvey.