Alumni weekend update

Got a few updates to share regarding alumni weekend festivities and Monday night’s UK Alumni Charity Game after John Calipari’s preseason interview with some local media members (note: the rest of the interview is embargoed until a later date).

  • Approximately 17,000 tickets have been distributed (either sold or comped) for Monday night’s game. Tickets can still be purchased at the Rupp Arena box office, online at, at any Ticketmaster outlet or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. There is an eight-ticket limit per person. All orders will have additional fees attached. All proceeds from the game will go to charity.
  • Coach Cal said he hopes to give away between $700,000 and $800,000 to charity from all alumni weekend proceeds. Those proceeds include Caliapari’s second Fantasy Basketball Experience and the UK Alumni Charity Game. Last year’s alumni weekend raised $350,000 for charity. The money donated will be spread across 17 different organizations, which include 4 Paws for Ability, City House, EverFi, Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, Hope For The Warriors®, Hope House, Kentucky Army National Guard Memorial Fund, Kids2Camp, Louisville Zoo, Red Cross for the Bluegrass, Samaritan’s Feet, Save the Children, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Streets Ministries, Team Focus, UK Healthcare and Urban League. More details on each of the organizations will be posted later.
  • The former players back for alumni weekend will present the checks to the different organizations. Coach Cal said having the players present the checks to let them know that when “you come back here, you still have an impact.”

    Some of the Fantasy Basketball Experience players will once again have the opportunity to play against former UK stars before the UK Alumni Charity Game. (photo by Chris Reynolds)

  • Like last year, there will be a Fantasy Basketball Experience all-star game before the actual UK Alumni Charity Game at 7. The Fantasy Basketball Experience all-star game, which will start at 5:15 p.m. at Rupp Arena, will pit Fantasy all-stars against former UK players Kenny Walker, Andre Riddick, Mark Krebs, Jared Prickett, Perry Stevenson, Ramon Harris and Randolph Morris. Wayne Turner and Jack “Goose” Givens are also possibilities. Gates will open at 5 p.m. for that game.
  • Per NBA rules, UK cannot confirm which NBA players will participate in the main event, the UK Alumni Charity Game at 7 p.m. Though the game is set up as the 2009-10 team vs. the 2011-12 team, there will be other players from other teams to fill out both rosters. Because some of the pros on those Kentucky teams are in contract negotiations, they cannot participate. Coach Cal does expect two of the players who cannot play to serve as coaches for the game.
  • The two most important objectives of the weekend are to raise money for charity and bring former players back, but the current team will also benefit from the pros being back. “These (current) guys will hear it (from the former players): ‘You better not be doing what you did a year (ago),” ” Calipari said.