By LARRY VAUGHT
Big Blue Nation Cares is closing in on sending its 400th fan to a Kentucky sporting event and Nathan Burns says he has met “dozens of amazing, giving, selfless UK fans along the way” after getting involved with Chris Cruz, who recently found a way to send another vaughtsviews.com reader and her father to an upcoming UK game that you will get a full report about after they attend.
But now Burns wants to do something special for his friend. I wish I could help him more, but here’s hoping just sharing his idea might find its way somehow to a certain Kentucky coach and he’ll be as touched by this idea Burns has for this generous UK fan as I was.
Here is what Burns sent me:
“I can remember Coach Cal auctioned off a set of front row tickets for the 2009 UK vs UL game for $25,000 to go to charity. We at BIG BLUE NATION CARES were able to give the same front row tickets away to a member of Catspause due to Chris Cruz. Yes, he gave a set of tickets away that could have sold for thousands and thousands. He gives these tickets, as well as another set of lower level tickets away, every week for the past two plus years. The only exception is one game his entire family comes up to Rupp Arena and that is normally the North Carolina game one year and the Florida game the following year.
“Chris has been a beacon of light in my life. Seeing Chris do all that he does keeps me positive and in a good frame of my mind. Chris sent a friend of mine and myself to the FINAL FOUR LAST YEAR. He even had arranged for a hotel room as well for us. I have seen many people give and this man without a doubt does it all for the right reasons. To be a good steward and kind person is the reason he gives so much to others. This person, by example, actually made me realize if I wanted to give more in life I needed to earn more so I went back to school and I graduate in May from MTSU. I could go on and on about the things he has done that I have witnessed but I know in my heart you understand all the things he has done for regular people for no other reason than to be kind.
“I want to do something for Chris but have no idea how to go about it. I had to think what he would like that money can’t buy. I want for Chris and his family to have the opportunity to meet Coach Cal when they come to Rupp Arena for the North Carolina game Saturday. If there has ever been a person that has done so much for others and never asked for anything in return this is him. I think Coach Cal is a legend on the hardwood for UK. I think Chris is a legend off the court for UK.
I am asking for your help. I hope you know how to make this happen. I give you my word Chris has changed my life and given hundreds of others amazing nights watching UK basketball.”
Indeed he has. It still amazes me how caring this man is and how much he enjoys making dreams of other UK fans come true and somehow finds tickets for die-hard fans to attend games who otherwise would have no chance to do so.
Will Calipari have time to meet him even if he sees or hears about this? I don’t know.
Will Calipari want to meet him? Absolutely. There’s no doubt in my mind he would and here’s hoping somehow word gets to him and for a change he can put a smile on the face of Cruz like Cruz has done for so many other UK fans.