Kentucky giving back through hoops

DeMarcus Cousins - photo from Walter Cornett |
DeMarcus Cousins – photo from Walter Cornett |

The mix of nostalgia and basketball has a long-running history of success, and  is using that marriage to help benefit four charity organizations through the power of the Commonwealth’s love affair with its flagship basketball program.  will stage the Alumni Charity Game on Saturday, Sept. 15, which will pit recent alums against one another at Rupp Arena. Although names of the participants can’t be released by the school, it is expected many of the same players who came back for last year’s exhibition game of alums against the Calipari-coached National Team will return this year.  “The beginning of it was last year when we did the Dominican game when all of those guys said, ‘Hey, let’s do something every year when we can all come back and get together,’” Calipari said Tuesday. “This is going to all be for charity. We’re going to give out checks that night. We’ll have a better idea what those checks (amounts) will be when we get an idea of the attendance. The money that is generated will be given out that night by the players directly to somebody.


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