WHAT: University of Kentucky Head Football Coach Mark Stoops and Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) officials will commemorate the opening of the Hall of Champions, an inspirational UK Athletics-themed hallway, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 2.
The Hall of Champions is a vibrant UK Athletics-themed thoroughfare leading to the acute care patient rooms at KCH. The walls are covered ceiling to floor in iconic images of UK athletes and coaches, as well as their respective sports biographies. UK Athletic figures represented on the wall include:
- UK Head Football Coach Mark Stoops;
- Former UK Football standout and NFL wide receiver Randall Cobb;
- UK Men’s Basketball legend and UK Hall of Famer Jamal Mashburn;
- UK Hall of Fame gymnast and NCAA champion Jenny Hansen.
The Hall of Champions rises to a landing where a wall is wrapped in a mural of Commonwealth Stadium illuminated on game night. The hallway art is designed to engage, inspire and provide an uplifting environment for families receiving care at KCH.
WHO: Mark Stoops, University of Kentucky Football head coach; Ann Smith, chief administrative officer for UK HealthCare; Dr. Carmel Wallace, chair of the UK Department of Pediatrics and Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
WHEN: 10 a.m. in the Pavilion A Auditorium of the UK Chandler Hospital. A ribbon cutting ceremony at the Hall of Champions in KCH will follow formal remarks.
Carrying on a UK Football tradition started by Coach Rich Brooks, Stoops, his wife Chantel, and the UK Football coaching staff have advocated for KCH through community philanthropy and fundraising initiatives. Support for the $300,000 Hall of Champions renovation was raised through events and initiatives championed by Stoops and the UK Football coaching staff. Through the years, the UK Football coaching staffs have helped raise more than $1.2 million to improve the quality of health care and hospital facilities for Kentucky’s children.