McDowell Place full of “veteran” Kentucky fans

McDowell Place of Danville has plenty of UK fans. (Gina Scott Photo)

McDowell Place of Danville has plenty of UK fans. (Gina Scott Photo)


University of Kentucky fans never lose their passion for the Wildcats.

I got to speak to a group of about 40 at the Senior University Educational Series at McDowell Place of Danville today about UK sports thanks to an invitation from Mandy Emmons, community coordinator, and Alice Neikirk.

All were die-hard basketball fans and some were passionate football fans as well.  Neikirk told me how once the SEC Network started televising UK games, the facility had to upgrade its cable TV package to include the SEC Network.

“We had to have viewing parties on the one TV that got the SEC Network before we finally got it added everywhere,” Neikirk said. “You can tell when a Kentucky game is one because many of our residents want to take their meals back to their rooms to eat and watch the games.”

The group  had plenty of questions and I swear the 94-year-old woman I met knew as much about UK basketball as I did.

Dr. Clay Stuart, a recently retired dentist in Danville, attended the Blue-White Game last week. Another resident remembered seeing  me at Pulaski County High School when he went to see center De’Andre Ayton, the nation’s top-ranked junior, play last season.

The day was even better because Savanah Stevens, a freshman at Kentucky, and Oliva Prewitt, a junior at Danville High School, both came with me to speak about their perspective on UK sports. Both have helped me with a variety of things on and both did a terrific job speaking and then interacting with the UK fans.

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