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Today on KSR: Two of Kentucky’s Biggest Fundraisers Kick Off

The consequences from the coronavirus pandemic are far-reaching. In the midst of the health crisis and the struggling economy, the least fortunate have suffered the most. Raising funds to give back has become even more difficult. Today the Commonwealth can help change that by contributing to two of the state’s longest-serving institutions.

The WHAS Crusade for Children was delayed but it’s still going strong for the 67th year. Every single cent raised over the next 48 hours goes directly to children with special needs. The telethon begins at 1 pm and you don’t have to drop off change in the boot of a firefighter at a stoplight to help those in need. The Crusade has gone contact-less, allowing you to donate in a variety of ways.

  • Venmo: @CrusadeforChildren
  • Cash app: $CrusadeChildren
  • PayPal: WHAS Crusade for Children
  • Alexa: “Donate to WHAS Crusade for Children”
  • Facebook: WHASCrusade
  • Online: WHASCrusade.org
  • Text Message: “Crusade” to 50155

Not far from Downtown Louisville in Crescent Hill there will not be a picnic at St. Joseph’s Children’s Home. The 171st edition of St. Joe’s Summer Picnic is online. Instead of spending money on cold beers and black jack, St. Joe’s is asking that you consider donating directly to the home to help vulnerable children in need of safety and love. They’re still hosting a raffle and a virtual dunk tank with Louisville’s celebrity TikTok family, the McFarlands. You can find all of the details and ways to contribute here.

For decades these two summer events have been giving back to children who need it most. Let’s not let a pandemic get in the way of helping one another.

Kentucky’s 10 Football Opponents Finalized 

Want Bama? Kentucky’s got Bama.

After teasing SEC fans all week, the conference announced at 6pm Friday evening each team’s two additional opponents. The Wildcats will host Ole Miss and go  to Tuscaloosa to play Alabama.

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There’s much to digest and break down before the league announces the entire schedule next week. I’ll spend most of the day looking at every angle Alabama and Ole Miss add to the schedule.

Kenny Payne Exodus? 

Word on the street is growing louder that Kenny Payne could leave Lexington to be an assistant coach for the New York Knicks. Adam Zagoria said yesterday that if KP does depart, Bruiser Flint would get the first call from John Calipari. That news was shared after Coach Cal showed Payne some love on social media, praising UK’s associate head coach after Jeff Goodman ranked Payne as the league’s top assistant. Maybe a little more love can keep KP in the Bluegrass a little longer.

Travers Stakes Day at Saratoga

Tiz the Law, the Kentucky Derby favorite, will get one final test before he runs beneath the Twin Spires on the first Saturday in September. The Travers Stakes, known as the Mid-Summer Derby, will still run at the traditional distance of 1 1/4 miles. Typically, the Kentucky Derby is the first race three-year-olds run at that length. Uncle Chuck, Country Grammar and Max Player are Tiz the Law’s top contenders when the horses are called to the post at 6:15 pm ET on Fox.

Reds Return to Action 

It’s been a rough stretch for Reds fans. After Thursday’s 13-0 loss to Cleveland, it can only get better from here, right? We’ll find out tonight when they head to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers at 7:10 pm ET.

Lou City Searches for a Win

If you thought the Reds were struggling, Lou City FC has won only once and scored just three goals since the USL season restarted in early July. Tonight they’ll get their first crack at Indy 11 inside Lynn Family Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 pm ET and can be seen on the CW/WBKI in Louisville or online with ESPN+.

Night Golf

Typically, I am the first to loathe sporting events that cater the start time to west coast viewers. Now I would like every single major gold championship played on the west coast. Watching golfers throughout the night is a real treat. It’s even more rewarding when a friend of KSR, JT Poston, makes the cut. Haotong Li is atop the leaderboard at -8, followed by Tommy Fleetwood, Jason Day , Brooks Koepka and a handful of others at -6. Can Koepka remain steady in his quest for a three-peat? We’ll find out when he tees off at 5:40 pm ET on CBS. Early coverage from 1-4 pm ET is on ESPN.

Hopefully we will see more shots like this on Saturday.

 

 

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR