UK Athletics is giving back to the people of Eastern Kentucky. Today, UK announced a partnership with the UK Mountain Cats and the Appalachian Center on UK’s campus to start annual service trips to Harlan, Kentucky.
From June 21-23, 25 UK student-athletes and staff members will travel to Harlan for a three-day, two-night service trip. First, they’ll go to Willing Hearts, an organization which aims to educate, encourage and empower people, while promoting artistic expression primarily through the use of art glass. After a two-hour workshop, they’ll create their own works of art, which will be sold with profits going back to the Harlan community.
One June 22, the group will spend the day with Club 180 Ministry, an organization designed to meet the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of children, youth and families in Eastern Kentucky. After helping with renovation projects at the Club 180 facilities, the student-athletes and staff members will host a free all-sports skill session for children ages 6-13 in first through eighth grade, which will include a Q&A and autograph session. To register your child for the clinic, click here. On their final day, June 23, the group will volunteer with different organizations in the Harlan area.
“We are so excited to connect with the people of the state of Kentucky,” Associate Athletics Director for Life Performance Stephanie Simmons said. “To have this opportunity to give back to so many who support us throughout the Commonwealth is such an honor, and we’re excited to share our appreciation through showing up and trying to make a positive impact with our biggest fans. It’s our hope that we are able to learn more about our state and its people, show how sport can make a difference in a young person’s life, and make a lasting impact throughout the Harlan County community.”
The names of the student-athletes participating in the trip haven’t been released, but you’ve gotta think one of them is Kash Daniel.