LEXINGTON, Ky. -- After two successful years with stops all around the Commonwealth of Kentucky and trips to Ethiopia, University of Kentucky football head coach Joker Phillips has announced the Gameday Ready Tour will make four additional stops this summer, beginning June 24 in Phillips’ hometown of Franklin, Ky.
Phillips, along with members of the UK coaching staff and UK marketing department, will take the fun and interactive tour to Lincoln Park in Franklin, Ky., on Sunday, June 24; Old Mill Park in West Liberty, Ky., on Monday, June 25; Bob Amos Park in Pikeville, Ky., on Tuesday, June 26; and Shawnee Park in Louisville, Ky., on Sunday, July 15. Registration for Franklin and Louisville begins at 1 p.m. local time, while registration for West Liberty and Pikeville will start at 4:30 p.m. local time.
Each Gameday Ready tour stop will feature the same events with football activities beginning an hour after registration begins. Admission is free. The events are open to youth entering their eighth-grade year or below. Youth will get to participate in various football skills and related drills (agility, pass, kick, 40-yard dash, vertical jump, etc.).
Each youth that participates in the event will receive a free Gameday Ready gear pack that includes a shirt, water bottle and other UK items (while supplies last). There will also be a post-event snack for the youth, while Phillips will address the crowd on how to be Gameday Ready.
The football activities are intended for children seven years of age or above. However the event will have a family friendly atmosphere with music, giant inflatable games and other activities for children age six and under.
Over the last two years, Phillips has held successful tours in seven cities in the state of Kentucky, visiting Hyden, Central City, Danville, Louisville, Franklin, Pikeville and Covington. UK also took Gameday Ready to children in Birmingham at the BBVA Compass Bowl. Last year, Phillips and his wife, Leslie, along with UK players Danny Trevathan and Stuart Hines, as well as UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart and his wife, Connie, spent time in the country of Ethiopia, spreading the game of American football and providing service and food to the people there. Phillips and UK stars Mikie Benton, Larry Warford and Matt Smith returned to Ethiopia this summer to continue UK’s work.
Details for all four stops are below. For more details about the tour, please call 859-257-8022.
Bob Amos Park
Tuesday, June 26
Registration at 4:30 p.m.
Football activities at 5:30 p.m.