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Julius Randle Day: Former Cat gives back to city with new court


Mayor Jim Gray officially declared Sunday, September 10, “Julius Randle Day” in the great city of Lexington.

“You are our adopted son here,” Gray told the former Wildcat.

The declaration came after Randle unveiled a refurbished basketball court at the Charles Young Center on Lexington’s East End. Randle contributed to the $65,000 project with a little help from a sponsorship with Mountain Dew.

Randle said, “I just want to say thank you for impacting my life so much when I was here… You guys are like my second family. This is my second home.”

“Street Ball Stories,” a new TV show in the works, was also there to film its pilot episode. The show focuses on basketball players giving back to the communities that raised them.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

9 responses to “Julius Randle Day: Former Cat gives back to city with new court”

  1. Mathlete

    I love seeing stories like this

  2. BigBlueMeade

    But they don’t care about UK or Lexington…lol

  3. KTR2786

    It’s a great gesture that will certainly benefit the community. However, I can’t help but think the money would be better spent on a tutoring/mentor service or on improving access to internet and computer in these communities whenever I see an athlete building a basketball court or other related athletic facility.

    1. AdamN

      Your suggestion is a good one, but wouldn’t really benefit a lot of people in that part of town. Hardly anyone from East End would sign up for that, and even if they did, probably wouldn’t show up or use it for what you’re hoping they would. So it would end up just being a huge waste of money. The ball court is something that everyone in that neighborhood will have use for, rather than just a few. Just trying to be honest with you. I don’t mean this offensively… but you sound like someone that is not familiar with East End.

    2. Mathlete

      @AdamN – won’t know unless you try, but in general people put more value on something they pay a little for than something that’s given to them for free. Even if it’s like $10/mo or something almost everyone could afford, they’ll deliberately get more out of it too get their money’s worth

    3. 1war

      Tubby’s clubhouses are still in Lexinton and provide tutoring and internet access.

    4. AdamN

      Mathlete, that is a very fair point. We won’t know until we try. I cannot argue with that sir.

  4. AdamN

    Side note…
    KSR, please fix the comment section of this website for iPhone use. It is pretty much impossible to post a comment/reply if you are on an iPhone.
    I am using an iPhone SE with iOS 10.3.1
    This comment, and the one above, came from my iMac.

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Download an ad blocking app called Adguard, and use Safari as your browser (it works only with that browser). Problem is, I can’t see the “Like” buttons, but ads are WAAAAAAY minmized. Thank goodness because you’re right. This site is totally unusable now without an ad blocker.