Tubby Smith Attends Graduation For Students at Tubby Smith Clubhouse

By: Jermont Terry Email
By: Jermont Terry Email

The former UK coach returned to Lexington to visit with some special young graduates.

13 year-old Troy and 12 year-old Ingrid are among 70 students who packed into an auditorium today as their proud parents looked on in amazement.

They are here because they have completed a 10 week computer program and are the Spring 2007 graduates of Tubby's Clubhouse.

They are the first class to graduate since Coach Tubby Smith left the University of Kentucky.

As the coach along with his wife Donna returned for this graduation, these graduates realize just how important this program is to them and to Tubby.

But three years after the partner ship with Dell and other companies, there's still concern about if this program will go on.

We only have funding for another year.

Tubby says, "I hope someone will keep it going, it doesn't have to bear my name."

So as Ingrid gets her certificate and Troy takes home his new printer for a computer he helped design, these graduates and their parents say they appreciate Tubby Smith and his foundation.

As the graduates take pictures with the coach one speaker put it best; they are now part of an elite group of just 700 students to complete the program.

Tubby's Clubhouse is made up of five locations across Kentucky. Tubby says he plans on opening more clubhouses in Minnesota and expects to attend the graduations in Kentucky as well.


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  • by james Location: lexington on May 8, 2007 at 11:04 AM
    tubby put all the letters in CLASS
  • by trudge Location: ashland on May 8, 2007 at 10:05 AM
    once again, this man proves what kind of person he is. he followed through and finished what he started with these young people. what a life long impression he has made on these kids. finish what you start!thank you coach and mrs. smith.
  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY. BB Location: LEX on May 8, 2007 at 06:53 AM
    COACH SMITH AND DELL WE CAN'T THANK YOU GUYS ENOUGH FOR YOUR UNSELFISHNESS AND COMMITTMENT TO THE TUBBY'S CLUBHOUSE.AS I SEE IT,THESE KIDS WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS DOWN THE LINE.LIFE IS SHORT AND I SAY THAT TO SAY,IT WAS BLESSING TO SEE YOU AND MRS.SMITH.YOU GUYS BEEN APART OF THIS COMMUNITY FOR A DECADE,LIKE FAMILY.AND IT IS ALWAYS A BLESSING TO SEE FAMILY.ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THAT'S GOING ON IN THE WORLD .LOVE YOU MAN.
  • by Sonya Location: Mt.Sterling on May 8, 2007 at 05:53 AM
    This is like salt in the wound. God bless you Tubby. You are a great man.
  • by Rodney Location: Lexington on May 8, 2007 at 04:48 AM
    Love him or hate him as a coach, all will agree, Tubby Smith is a great man. Lexington has lost a great public servant. Thank you, Coach Smith, for caring.

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