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Derek Willis named to SEC Community Service Team

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Congrats to Derek Willis, who not only got engaged this week, but was also named to the SEC Men’s Basketball Community Service team. Since coming to UK four years ago, Willis has spent countless hours giving back to the community, specifically at the UK Children’s Hospital. He has also delivered gifts, served dinner and sang Christmas carols to families in the Lexington community every holiday season in his four years at Kentucky. He is an annual participant in UK’s Back Pack Program with God’s Pantry to help pack and distribute lunches to students across the city. During the God’s Pantry delivery over the years, he has played kickball and other activities with students.

It was at the UK Hospital where he befriended Zach, a UK fan with Progeria (a progressive genetic disorder that causes children to age rapidly). Zach is a frequent guest of Derek’s at games:

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For more on Derek and Zach’s friendship, click here to watch a feature from ABC36.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

3 Comments for Derek Willis named to SEC Community Service Team



  1. catsarerunnin
    7:01 pm March 2, 2017 Permalink

    GREAT story.



  2. runningunnin.454
    7:22 pm March 2, 2017 Permalink

    Got to love our guys…..they give so much, and brighten so many peoples’ days.

  3. What a terrible disease progeria is.

    Way to go Derek!