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Eric Bledsoe holds backpack giveaway, celebrity game in Birmingham

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kentucky and current Suns guard Eric Bledsoe continues to give back to his hometown. For the third consecutive year The Eric Bledsoe Foundation held a backpack giveaway in Birmingham at Regions Field, more than 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies were given out to kids from the area.

This is more than just a giveaway though, Bledsoe dedicated his entire weekend to the kids as he hopes to make an impact on as many of them as he can.

Bledsoe told the WBRC, “I grew up here, I can’t say that enough. I know what it takes and I know how hard it can be.”

The event continues today as the third annual Eric Bledsoe Foundation Celebrity Basketball Game begins at 4 PM at Lawson State Community College in Birmingham. Alabama native and former Kentucky great DeMarcus Cousins will play alongside Bledsoe in the game. Nets guard K.J. Daniels is also playing in the game.

“I’m just trying to get these kids off the streets and come have fun with me for a weekend.”

All proceeds from the event benefit The Eric Bledsoe Foundation.


Article written by Eli Mitchell

University of Kentucky Class of 2020

19 Comments for Eric Bledsoe holds backpack giveaway, celebrity game in Birmingham

  1. Catcasey1
    3:03 pm August 13, 2017 Permalink

    Good for him

  2. maximumscott
    3:27 pm August 13, 2017 Permalink

    I wonder how many of Cals guys do things like this? It goes beyond X&Os. Cal recruits off character as well. Ever wonder why we never get some top level elite talent and then get a guard like Ulis? Im telling Cal recruits men.

    • njCat
      9:38 pm August 13, 2017 Permalink

      Eric Bledsoe is one classy guy. Great representative of the university and another example of John Calipari’s outstanding leadership.

      Oh, and Jonathan Miller’s essay is outstanding – well written and completely logical. Those who disagree with him should read it over a few times to let it sink in.

    • BBNDan7
      11:11 pm August 13, 2017 Permalink

      I would argue that Ulis was top level talent tho

  3. Luether
    9:14 pm August 13, 2017 Permalink

    Jon Miller doesn’t know the 1st thing about moral leadership or hypocrisy…

    • Razor Ramon
      10:30 pm August 13, 2017 Permalink

      yeah but you are a troll…

  4. Chacosrule
    9:19 pm August 13, 2017 Permalink

    Oh how I hate Jonathon Miller’s incoherent, liberal babbling. He has free speech on here, but we can’t respond.

    • Razor Ramon
      10:30 pm August 13, 2017 Permalink

      So you think we should keep the statues that represent a negative history?

    • BBNDan7
      11:17 pm August 13, 2017 Permalink

      You know that Kentucky wasn’t even a confederate state right?

    • GoBigBlu
      12:50 am August 14, 2017 Permalink

      It’s really strange how everyone becomes so offended at the same time. Where we’re all of you in the last 50+ years….wasn’t even a thought was it.

  5. BigEastCat
    12:02 am August 14, 2017 Permalink

    This is refering to Millers political post about Jim Gray (can’t post there because the comments have been turned off)
    I do not visit this site for political indoctrination.
    I do not want this individual’s political opinion on “morality” (rather sarcastic coming from a politician).
    People come to this site for one reason and it is not political propoganda or someone’s opinion on philosophy.
    Stick to what brought you here.

    • Razor Ramon
      9:56 am August 14, 2017 Permalink

      Why does Matt’s use of the 1st Amendment piss off everyone who claims to be an American?

    • Razor Ramon
      9:57 am August 14, 2017 Permalink

      oh, thats right, because its only okay when you agree with it.

  6. BigEastCat
    12:21 am August 14, 2017 Permalink

    And no, I was not in favor of the confederacy.
    Its just not the dialogue I came to the site for.
    It’s not that I disagree with the opinion, just the format.
    I am logging out and will go elsewhere for UK news…..

    • Razor Ramon
      9:56 am August 14, 2017 Permalink

      I’d say your in the minorty. U wont be missed…

  7. lexslamman
    10:32 am August 14, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t like history being needlessly cleansed or altered. I don’t like artwork or works of creating being scuttled because some people are offended. I don’t think we should avoid the nasty, ugly, brutish, violent, inhumane and otherwise despicable parts of our history. I don’t loathe the Confederacy, I loathe most of the ideals that it stood for, though. In principle, I am against moving the statues.

    However, I also recognize that I am a while man living in a diverse world, I recognize what glorifying Confederate history says to the diverse world I live in, and I see that it is time for a change. Take the statues down. My arguments against doing so are less important than the future I’d like to create for my children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    • Peas and Carrots
      12:11 pm August 14, 2017 Permalink

      What about removing the statutes from prominent public locations and a former slave trading post into a museum. I don’t think we should forget or “cleanse” parts of our history, but i also don’t think we should honor or memorialize parts of our history either.

    • lexslamman
      12:21 pm August 14, 2017 Permalink

      I think we’re pretty much in agreement, Peas, especially on your last point – and I’m a student of history myself. I’m in support of moving the statues.

  8. RealCatsFan
    10:53 am August 14, 2017 Permalink

    I couldn’t give two shits about people being pissed off about Jonathan’s article – don’t read it – just scroll down. I don’t care about the Reds, so I just scroll down. I am more pissed that they nixed the show thread. NOW THAT MEANS WAR!