LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - John Calipari and the University of Kentucky men's basketball team helped serve dinners to the less fortunate at the Salvation Army.
The team was joined by hundreds of volunteers, including Estella Tatum who says giving back is an important part of her life.
"My family, my mom and my dad always say help your neighbor, and I feel everybody’s neighbors. Everybody’s family," Tatum said.
This is senior Reid Travis' first Thanksgiving in Lexington after transferring from Stanford. He helped participate in the event, and he said he is thankful for the situation he is in playing for the Wildcats.
"We are so blessed in our lives. Step back and think about all the opportunities we have to play basketball," Travis said. "To go to school like Kentucky, play in the games we play, just to be healthy, families and situations we have in place. We are all blessed beyond belief."
Travis also said this gives fans who may not be able to see a game at Rupp Arena a chance to meet players and coaches face-to-face.
"A lot of people don’t have the opportunity to make it out to a game because of situations or circumstances," Travis said. "They still know our faces, our names. They know all about the team and how much they really care about us. The love is crazy."
This is the 34th year for the Salvation Army to welcome people in for a Thanksgiving dinner.