The NCAA has given Kentucky the green light to play a special exhibition game to raise money for charity later this month.
On Wednesday, coach John Calipari revealed that the governing body provided a waiver for the Wildcats to host Morehead State on Oct. 30 in a game that won’t be televised, according to SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker.
All proceeds for the game, which will be played at Rupp Arena, will be donated to charity.
“Hopefully sell the place out, the money has to all go to charity. That’s what the exchange is,” Calipari said. “I’m happy, and Morehead is a great school, and it’s in state. We could’ve done some other things and gone outside, but it would’ve cost more to get people there to do it.
“Because it’s for charity, might as well stay in state. We did the telethon for Houston and Texas, and now this. Hopefully we’ll raise a lot of money.”
Calipari added that his hope is to raise $1 million. He also pointed out that the game isn’t part of any other ticket package the school offers and is the first chance to see Kentucky play against a Division I opponent.
The move to do this is part of a trend in college basketball that is seeing more and more programs create additional exhibitions for several different charities in the wake of disasters that have hit the country recently.
Kentucky has three other exhibitions on the schedule before its season opener against Utah Valley on Nov. 10. The Blue-White Game will played on Oct. 20. A week later, the Wildcats will welcome Thomas More College to Lexington.
After the charity exhibition against Morehead State on Oct. 30, Kentucky’s last tuneup will come versus Centre College on Nov. 3.