Rupp Arena is the home of the greatest tradition in all of college basketball. For one afternoon in December it will also be home to the world’s largest peacekeeping entity.
This month the United Nations Security Council will leave the friendly confines of New York City to travel to Washington D.C. and Kentucky, the home of Ambassador Kelly Craft. The wife of Joe Craft, who’s name adorns UK’s football and basketball training facilities, Mrs. Craft will show the U.N. Security Council the best the Commonwealth has to offer over three days. The agenda will include dinner at the Governor’s Mansion, bourbon bottling and a trip to Rupp Arena when Kentucky hosts Georgia Tech on Dec. 14.
The U.N. Security Council’s primary objective is to maintain international peace and security. As the AP points out, most meetings outside of headquarters are hotspots for conflict. In the last year the Security Council ventured to Iraq, Kuwait, Mali, Ethiopia and South Sudan. Josh Pastner’s Georgia Tech program is a disaster, but nothing like either of those destinations.
For those attending the Saturday afternoon game with the U.N. Security Council, it’s safe to say you can expect additional security measures at Rupp Arena.