Kentucky Alumni Charity Game set for August

Mark your calendar, Big Blue Nation, a date has been set for the Kentucky Alumni Charity Game.

Kentucky basketball tweeted Friday morning that the UK Alumni Charity Game will be played Aug. 25 at Rupp Arena.

The UK Alumni Charity Game will be played Aug. 25 at Rupp Arena. (photo by Chris Reynolds)

The annual game, which has raised millions of dollars for charity over the years, will return to the hardwood after the inaugural Coach Cal Celebrity Softball Classic was played last summer due to Rupp Arena undergoing extensive renovations.

That game, paired with the John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience, raised approximately $1.5 million for charity with matching funds, including more than $450,000 that went to Louisiana flood relief efforts.

A year after helping raise $350,000 for charity during the inaugural UK alumni weekend in 2012, Calipari was the driving force behind the more than $1 million that was donated to local and national organizations during the second annual alumni weekend.

In 2015, Coach Cal helped organize an Alumni Game matching UK alums against North Carolina alums. That game, which was broadcast nationally on ESPNU, along with the fantasy experience, raised $1.5 million with matching funds.