Update: The fantasy experience is officially sold out but the camp is currently taking a wait list. If the wait list gets to 10 people, the fantasy experience will be expanded to accommodate for the demand.
Registration for the 2014 John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience, which will be held Aug. 22-24 at University of Kentucky facilities, is now open.
The third annual John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience will provide up to 72 participants (64 players and eight coaches), ages 35 and older, the opportunity to experience the ultimate basketball and Wildcat fan experience. The camp offers participants the chance to live the life of a UK basketball player for the weekend, including unprecedented access to Coach Cal and the inner workings of the Kentucky basketball program.
The Fantasy Experience, which is split into two different packages (details below), includes everything from elite basketball instruction from Calipari, his staff and other college level coaches, to games, tournaments and contests, Nike gear, a game at Rupp Arena, exclusive social and networking events, access to UK’s word-class facilities, and more.
To register for this year’s Fantasy Experience, contact Matt Chacksfield at 513-745-5850 or MChacksfield@procamps.com. Early registration is encouraged and spots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
Last year’s Fantasy Experience featured four-time All-Pro defensive end Jason Taylor, and though Taylor has experienced a lot during his NFL career, he said the 2013 camp was truly a unique experience.
“I always wanted to be a basketball player growing up,” Taylor said. “I got a chance to play one year in college, but it’s not playing at Kentucky. It’s not playing in this arena (Rupp) and being next to Coach Cal and things like that, so it’s been a cool experience for me as a basketball fan.”
Of course, the Fantasy Experience is intended for businessmen, entrepreneurs and average Joes like Drew Mangino to play out their wildest dreams and live the life of a Kentucky basketball player.
“I’m going to tell you right now, worth every penny,” said Mangino, who was a first-time attendee at last year’s camp. “The access to the players has been great. It’s incredible just to see what (the players) go through on a day-to-day basis, to see where they live, to see where they spend most of their time, which is on the court. The way it’s been run, the professionalism, it’s top notch. I can’t complain about one thing. If anyone was on the fence about doing it, I would say if you don’t do it you’re crazy.”
This year’s John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience will offer the Big Blue Package and the Adolph Rupp Coaching Experience:
Includes all benefits of the Big Blue Package, but participant does not partake in physical basketball activities. Also includes real-life collegiate coaching activities:
With the combination of the John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience and ticket sales from the 2013 UK Alumni Charity Game, Coach Cal and UK were able to raise and donate more than $1 million to 17 different organizations last year.