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Tubby Smith’s Clubhouse: Cool sign but what is it?

There I was, cruising through the Kenwick neighborhood in Lexington on a calm weekday morning, when I saw an old “Tubby Smith’s Clubhouse” sign hanging on the Kenwick Community Center.

What in the world is that, I thought to myself. I pulled into the parking lot to investigate, only to find the doors were locked. Dang. I left to continue my cruise through the Kenwick neighborhood in Lexington on a calm weekday morning.

Later that afternoon, my Tubby Clubhouse curiosity crept back into my brain, so I found a phone number from the property and made the call. A woman answered — a very nice woman I should add — and she told me all about Tubby Smith and his Clubhouse that once was.

Turns out, there are/were multiple Tubby Smith Clubhouses around Lexington, created back in Tubby’s head coaching days to provide a safe place for young and underprivileged kids to use computers. This particular location closed about two years ago due to a lack of funding, I was told, but in its heyday it was a very helpful and popular technology center for young people who didn’t have access to computers at home.

The woman (I should’ve gotten her name… she sounded like an Alice or a Susan) added that Tubby made a donation to the community center as recent as last September. That’s very nice of him. And this old WKYT story I dug up said Tubby’s foundation donated $350,000 to keep the clubhouses in operation for at least three more years after he left Kentucky. That was also very nice of him.

I hope this information is helpful to any of you out there who, like me, have seen these amazing signs that are still up in Lexington.

Maybe we can fire those computer labs back up?

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

11 Comments for Tubby Smith’s Clubhouse: Cool sign but what is it?

  1. Ridge Runner
    11:23 am June 6, 2019 Permalink

    Great story Drew and glad your curiosity followed through. Another example of how good of a guy Tubby is. I personally had no idea of these club houses. Really cool.

    • CatManDo
      11:48 am June 6, 2019 Permalink

      Driven by this a few times when going the back way to Mirror Twin (great brewery by the way) and have wondered about this place as well.

  2. Bruce Dickinson
    11:58 am June 6, 2019 Permalink

    I always thought Tubby was a really great guy.

  3. Boo
    1:00 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

    Very Cool story Tubby is a class act.

    • christopherharrison26
      3:30 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

      Is this an opportunity for an on line fund-it approach?

      Wonder what the cost per year would be for at least one center?

  4. CarltonBanks
    4:59 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

    Less intrigued about the clubhouse than I am about “cruising through the Kenwick neighborhood in Lexington on a calm weekday morning”. It must have been so nice that you had to say it twice!

  5. Jesus H. Chrysler
    7:36 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

    More importantly, did Alice or Susan sound hot?

    • Ridge Runner
      9:14 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

      According to Drew’s grandfather who overheard them, yes. They had grandpa at “Bless your heart”.

  6. beskag2
    10:16 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

    I recently bought a house in Kenwick and also noticed this sign while driving around the neighborhood. I too was really curious, thanks for the story Drew.

  7. Jo-Anne Mandra
    6:55 am June 7, 2019 Permalink

    As a Kennwick resident the last 6 years I have wondered the same thing…but you made the effort to dig into it…and that is much appreciated by me. Thanks to you and of course Tubby!

  8. ukybruce
    8:01 am June 7, 2019 Permalink

    As a 25 year experienced IT person, if we can get one of those open, I will donate free time to teach and assist the kids wanting to learn about computers and technology! Count me in!