Gene DeFilippo Assistant A.D.
The University of Kentucky is dedicated to producing a sports program that is geared toward excellence both athletically and academically.
Begun in 1973 by athletics director Cliff Hagan, the Blue and White Fund's main purpose is to provide financial assistance to the UK athletics program. Producing and maintaining a quality athletics program is a never-ending process. And for that reason, we are renewing our efforts to raise the funds necessary to be competitive on the national level in every sport.
The major purpose of the Blue and White Fund is to provide scholarships for UK's student-athletes. Last year, 315 student-athletes received grants-in-aid from UK, allowing them to continue their education.
The Fund also helps underwrite costs associated with our nationally-recognized Center for Academic and Tutorial Services (CATS). The Fund also provides funds necessary to upgrade the entire athletic physical plant and to plan for future projects.
Last year, more than $800,000 was raised through the Blue and White Fund. Under the direction of assistant athletics director Gene DeFilippo, the goal next year will double as UKAA becomes more aggressive in its fund-raising efforts.
One popular misconception surrounding Kentucky basketball is that it requires a substantial donation to be eligible to buy season tickets. That is simply not the case. In fact, of Rupp Arena's 23,000 seats, only 3,000 are tied to any level of giving. And giving levels start as low as $50 a year.
For more information on the Blue and White Fund, contact Gene DeFilippo at (606)257-5611.
Athletics Helps Entire University
A contribution to the University of Kentucky Athletics Association helps the ENTIRE University community, not just athletics.
During the last three years alone, UKAA has given $800,000 to the University's scholarship fund for non-athletic scholarships. Scores of outstanding young scholars are able to attend UK because of the generosity of the Athletics Association.
UKAA established the Otis A. Singletary Graduate Scholarships two years ago and has given $500,000 to that fund. The Association also contributed $150,000 to the W.L. Mathews Scholarship Fund. More than $100,000 generated from the UKAA licensing program, in which UK receives money from the sale of UK-related novelty items, has gone to the general scholarship fund. Nearly $50,000 from Gulf Oil Co. and Chevrolet Motor Co. for television "Player of the Game" Awards has gone to UK's general scholarship fund.
Donations to UKAA help the University in other ways, too. For instance, the new Harry C. Lancaster Aquatics Center will be available for general student body use as is the newly-completed Hillary J. Boone Indoor Tennis Complex. In addition, UKAA provides significant financial support each year for the Wildcat Marching Band and the Wildcat cheerleaders.
We at UKAA are commited to the TOTAL University.