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2016 John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience

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Registration for the 2016 John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience, which will be held Aug. 26-28 at the University of Kentucky facilities, is now open.

Registration for the 2015 John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience is open (photo by Chris Reynolds)

Registration for the 2016 John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience is open (photo by Chris Reynolds)

The fifth annual John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience will provide up to 80 participants (64 players and 16 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 three different packages (details below), includes everything from elite basketball instruction from Coach Cal, 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.

The Fantasy Experience includes everything from elite basketball instruction from Coach Cal, 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. (photo by Chris Reynolds)

The Fantasy Experience includes everything from elite basketball instruction from Coach Cal, 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. (photo by Chris Reynolds)

To register for this year’s Fantasy Experience, email or contact Matt Chacksfield at 513-745-5850. Early registration is encouraged and spots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 thought maybe it would take a step backwards in terms of the experience of the weekend because of the cancellation of the alumni game, but amazingly, with the experience I’ve had now, I’m kind of ashamed of myself for even thinking I would be disappointed because these guys do a great job,” said Mangino, who enjoyed his first John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience so much in 2013 that he came back again in 2014. “I should have known better. It’s been another phenomenal experience.”

This year’s John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience will offer the Big Blue Package and the Adolph Rupp Coaching Experience:

BIG BLUE PACKAGE (Aug. 26-28) $7,495

  • Experience the inner workings of Kentucky basketball
  • Compete in basketball games, tournaments and contests
  • Receive exclusive swag bag of Nike-branded UK apparel and gear
  • Receive elite basketball instruction from Coach Cal, UK staff and other college-level coaches
  • Participate in networking and social events throughout the weekend
  • All-access to “team only” areas of UK basketball facilities (locker rooms, team lounges, meeting/film rooms, basketball offices)
  • Access to world-class UK sports medicine/rehab facilities
  • All ground transportation, meals and hotel accommodations

ADOLPH RUPP COACHING EXPERIENCE (Aug. 26-28) $7,495

Includes all benefits of the Big Blue Package, but participant does not partake in physical basketball activities. Also includes real-life collegiate coaching activities:

  • Game prep
  • Game management
  • Team and player evaluation
  • Film breakdown
  • Staff meetings

CAPTAIN’S CLUB UPGRADE (Aug. 26-28) $10,495

Includes all of the above benefits (player or coach), as well as the following upgrades:

  • Private shootaround with Coach Cal – go through a real UK practice as a player or assistant coach
  • Exclusive meeting in Coach Cal’s office
  • Exclusive framed photo with Coach Cal
  • Upgraded gear package

Through the John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience, Coach Cal, ProCamps, his foundation and the UK vs. UNC Alumni Game combined to raise more than $1.5 million to 18 different charities and organizations last year.

For more information, please visit johncaliparibasketballexperience.com or contact Matt Chacksfield at 513-745-5850 or MChacksfield@procamps.com.