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Jamal Mashburn receiving honorary degree from UK

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On Sunday, UK’s seniors and grad students will have some monster-sized company at graduation: Jamal Mashburn. Mashburn will receive an honorary doctorate of humanities from the University for his contributions to the school, state, and community.

Despite leaving early for the NBA, Mashburn is one of the University’s most successful alums. He owns a variety of businesses, including car dealerships, restaurants, and real estate. How many restaurants? 38 Outback Steakhouses, 39 Papa John’s pizza outlets, and three Dunkin’ Donuts stores, to name a few. He’s also devoted to the community, donating $500,000 to start the Jamal Mashburn Scholarship fund back when he left school back in 1993. The scholarship identifies ninth grade students in the Lexington, Kentucky, area, tracks them through high school, and then awards them a full scholarship to attend the University of Kentucky or Bluegrass Community and Technical College in the event they achieve their academic and personal goals.

If that weren’t enough, he’s also a founding member, officer, and director of The MAP Foundation, which focuses on youth mentoring; and the Mashburn Family Foundation, which offers programs and support for latch-key children and children of alcoholics and single mothers. Mashburn currently sits on the Board of Directors for the National Forest Foundation and served on the Advisory Board for Central Bank & Trust Company in Lexington, KY from 2005-2008. He also dabbles in commentating, working as an analyst for ESPN from 2006-2010 and a radio color commentator for Sirius during the past NCAA Tournament.

Thanks for making us proud, Mash.

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22 Comments for Jamal Mashburn receiving honorary degree from UK

  1. jpizzle
    11:35 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Well deserved

  2. Hull
    11:36 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    The new Dr. J.

  3. lapel pin ?
    11:41 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    … and a Trivial Pursuit Champion to boot ?!?!

  4. Card Fan evermore
    11:42 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Rick’s graduation rate just got better !

  5. BravoBigBlue
    11:45 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Congratulations to one of the all-time greats at Kentucky. His significance to the program cannot be overstated. And he continues to make the BBN very proud. You rock, Mash!

  6. mike and ike
    11:47 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Monster Mash was always a favorite of mine…he is the true definition of a student athlete…and an all around great human being. Much respect to him and his endeavours (both business and philanthropic).

  7. dz4uk
    11:52 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    I am 35. If you are around the same age you probably feel the same way I do about Mash. He is my all-time favorite Wildcat and arguably the most important player in UK History. I still get mad when I think about the BS 5th foul they called on him against Michigan. More than that I appreciate what he had done and is doing in his life after basketball. If you didn’t, then please catch the 30 for 30 “Broke” about players who lose all the money they earned. He was interviewed as the person who “did well” and he gave some great interviews.
    Still the only NBA Jersey I ever bought

  8. Well Said!
    11:58 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Great post #7!

  9. Axe Cop
    12:02 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Not that he needs a resume, but if he has one it’s about 9,000 pages long.

  10. brain
    12:12 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Mash is one of the greatest Cats ever in every way.

  11. Trolltoll
    12:16 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    #4 You have to pay the troll toll

  12. ryryryry
    12:17 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    I wonder how many Louisville alums hes employed at his outback/papa johns locations?

  13. Cowboy
    12:19 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    The man is class from the ground up, in every direction. congrats Mash. Well deserved.

  14. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    12:25 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    I’m so proud he owns restaurants.

  15. Elkattio
    12:35 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    I need to have a serious talk with Mr. Mashburn about setting up a successful business model for myself. Dude’s got brains!

  16. jo Dee
    12:47 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    #7 I’m 31. Mash is the best I’ve seen in my lifetime at uk. He could do it all when the competition stayed at least three years. only nba Jersey I bought also. Use to get so frustrated bc the only team in the nba I cared abou then was the mavs, and they were never on t.v.

  17. Rockfield, KY
    1:05 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    He was also recently named the Director of Investments for StayBridge Hotels. The man has a gift with finances.

  18. Musehobo
    1:50 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Somebody tell Mash showing your teeth and smiling are not the same thing 8)

  19. statman
    2:03 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    #7 you’re darn right about that 5th phantom foul in the Michgan game. Total BS! Tony Delk also drew a charge from Rose (bringing the ball up the court) late in the game that wasn’t called.

  20. mashburnfan1
    12:15 am May 4, 2013 Permalink

    Not to mention Mash is one hack of a guy. Always stopped to say hi when I saw him play in Orlando and signed stuff and took pictures for myself and the kids I coached. My proudest collectible is a Fila shoe Mash took off and gave me after a preseason game in Miami. He later signed the shoe in Orlando. I saw a tv show that his mom collects things of his career so I sent Jamal a package of items I knew she would not have, including my “32MAVS 1” license plate right off my car. Great guy and player, would be an NBA great had he stayed healthy.
    Have to add this post is a tribute to Mash and are we really going to turn it into complaining about fouls calls from over 20 years ago…..only BBN.

  21. mashburnfan1
    12:16 am May 4, 2013 Permalink

    *heck of a guy

  22. Les Terholt
    8:23 am May 4, 2013 Permalink

    Owning the following is incredible:
    38 Outback Steakhouses
    39 Papa John’s pizza outlets
    3 Dunkin’ Donuts stores
    Car Dealerships
    Prime Real Estate