We are happy to announce today the beginning of the Kentucky Senior Barnstorming event with Ramel Bradley and Joe Crawford. These two young men had a wonderful season with the Cats and are now about to begin the next phase of their lives. However before that begins, they will be playing basketball all around the state to meet and greet the fans of the Commonwealth who may not have had a chance to see them before or who may want to see them one more time before they go.
The Kentucky barnstorming events have been a tradition in this state for some time, but have gradually decreased in the last 5-7 years due to a lack of organization. However the new Kentucky Barnstorming group is hoping to once again reinstate the tradition for years to come. Former Cat Bobby Perry and I, along with some other individuals who are working hard, are beginning the events again this year and hope to reignite the tradition once again. Along those lines, we are planning to have 10-12 events across the state, along with a couple of very special events that we will announce later. For now our schedule looks like this:
April 18 — Christian County High School, Hopkinsville, Kentucky
April 23 — Perry County Central High School, Hazard, Kentucky
April 24 — Paducah Tilghman High School, Paducah, Kentucky
April 30 — Allen County High School, Scottsville, Kentucky
May 1 — Boyd County High School, Ashland, Kentucky
May 9 — Bowling Green High School, Bowling Green, Kentucky
This is not an exhaustive list by any means. We are currently talking to high schools in Owensboro, Pikeville, Elizabethtown, Maysville and other areas around the state. We hope to have a full list of schools participating by the end of the week. If you are associated with a school and are interested in contacting us, you can email us at [email protected] Similarly, if you are interested in joining our other great sponsors with the event or having the guys come for an autograph session, feel free to email that address as well. Our website (kentuckybarnstorming.com) should be up very shortly with all the dates of the events.
At the event, Joe and Ramel will play with Bobby Perry and Woo at every event, along with a number of other players that will vary from event to event, including Jeff Sheppard, Scott Padgett, Randolph Morris and a number of other guys. At each event, the players will play against a local all-star team of former high school players from the area. At the event, the players will be available for autographs, signed basketball and t-shirts designed by the players themselves. Ramel and Joe will challenge local sharpshooters in a three point contest, Woo has made an open challenge to anyone to go one-on-one with him and there will be other events as well.
We look forward to kicking this off and beginning a great tradition in the state again.