Kentucky hosted its UK Alumni Charity Game on Friday night as Big Blue Nation packed into Rupp Arena to see many of the former Wildcats who are now starring in the NBA.
While Kentucky fans were there to see former stars like Karl-Anthony Towns, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Trey Lyles (to name a very select group from the star-studded roster) the event has, more importantly, become a key charity event for The Calipari Foundation.
This year’s game was no different, as Calipari told the Rupp Arena crowd on Friday night that over $1 million had been raised for charity through Calipari’s fantasy camp, golf outing and the alumni game during the offseason.
And with Hurricane Harvey making landfall in South Texas last night as a Category 4 hurricane, Calipari told the Rupp Arena crowd that some of that money was going to the Red Cross in Houston.
If you also wish to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, the Red Cross has set up a donation website for that specific purpose.
As for the game itself, Towns led all with 33 points on the night as he continued to make his anti-racism message felt after penning a piece in The Players’ Tribune earlier on Friday. Towns doubled down on his anti-racism stance at the UK Alumni Charity Game by wearing customized shoes that said “Love trumps hate.” Another shoe had the word “racism” crossed out in a red circle with a line through it.
(H/t: Kyle Tucker, SEC Country)