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UK Men's Basketball team holds fundraiser for Southeast KY flood victims

Rupp Arena

Relief efforts are beginning to pour into eastern Kentucky from across the country. In Lexington, a popular sports team is getting in on the action. The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team is partnering up with Rupp Arena and LEX18 to put on a fundraiser for flood victims. Stephanie Bork is the marketing director for Rupp Arena. She said their other partner will handle the money.

“The American Red Cross is leading the charge on collecting all the donations. You can bring cash, check, digital donation is also up on our website as well, but all of that money will be used to go to those who have suffered from the flooding. So, whether it’s supplies or cash or pet food, there will be a wide array of uses that are desperately needed at this time.”

She hopes the wildcats will draw a big crowd.

“We’re really hoping with Oscar coming back and with Coach Cal getting behind this as well and Joe and Kelly Craft, that we get a couple thousand out here and help support the cause and also drum up some excitement for the season, definitely.”

The telethon begins at 5PM Tuesday evening, the UK men’s basketball open practice begins at 6:30. Doors open at 5 and Rupp Arena is asking for a donation to the American Red Cross to enter.

Online donations can be made here:


Donations can also be made at the door or by calling:

859.787.0909 Between 5PM and 8PM Tuesday evening.

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