Kentucky Basketball Hosting Telethon for Hurricane Harvey Victims on Sunday

08/30/2017 05:45 PM

In light of the devastation and destruction in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Kentucky men’s basketball team is taking action.

John and Ellen Calipari, Joe and Kelly Craft, and the UK men’s basketball team will host a telethon Sunday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on WKYT and its affiliates throughout the state. All the proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross to benefit Hurricane Harvey victims.

The telethon is called “Teaming Up For Texas”. Members of the men’s basketball team will answer phone calls and take donations.

“I have not been able to stop thinking about everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Harvey,” John Calipari said in a UK Athletics press release. “Every time I turn on the TV, I’m stunned at the images of devastation in Texas. It hits home for me because of the players we’ve had come from that area, including Andrew and Aaron Harrison, De’Aaron Fox and now Jarred Vanderbilt. Thankfully their families are safe, but there are a whole lot of people down there who aren’t as fortunate.”

“The Big Blue Nation has already been terrific in helping us raise $150,000 for the victims of Hurricane Harvey by showing up to last week’s UK Alumni Charity Game and the response to the University of Houston’s call earlier this week for clothing has been terrific, but we can do even more. I hope our fans will join me, Ellen, Joe and Kelly Craft, and our team in helping raise money this weekend. No donation is too small.”

The telethon will also be streamed live online at,,, and on the John Calipari and Kentucky men’s basketball facebook pages.

Here are the stations throughout Kentucky that are set to air the telethon:

The telethon phone numbers and details on how to donate will be released closer to the event.

For more information from the Red Cross, please visit or contact Lynne Washbish at

Clayton Abernathy

Clayton is a Producer for Spectrum News. He graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Kentucky and he lives and breathes UK Basketball, making him the perfect fit to produce KSTV. That’s Kentucky’s only nightly half-hour show dedicated solely to UK sports. You can watch it weeknights at 7:30 and 11 on Spectrum News. Follow Clayton on twitter @ClaySTV1 to stay updated on the latest UK Basketball and recruiting news or to follow his amateur competitive eating endeavors. He once ate thirteen cheese Coney hot dogs in one sitting…on his lunch break.


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