Saturday, June 23, 2018

Wildcats to make train stop in Midway at 5:30 p.m. Sun.

Image provided by University of Kentucky Athletics; the mileage appears to be the distance from Frankfort to Lexington.
The University of Kentucky men's basketball team will make a stop in Midway around 5:30 p.m. Sunday as it takes a train back to Lexington from an afternoon camp for kids in Frankfort.

With the team roster "fully intact for the 2018-19 season, Head Coach John Calipari is inviting the Big Blue Nation to meet the entire team," a UK press release said. The players will greet fans, sign autographs and take pictures at Darlin' Jean's Apple Cobbler Cafe. Complimentary posters will be available while they last.

The players will board the train in Frankfort around 4:30 and head to Midway. Fans in Lexington can greet the team when it arrives back at the R.J. Corman Central Kentucky Line platform near Rupp Arena around 7 p.m. The team is expected to spend 30 to 45 minutes at each stop, the release says.

The Wildcats will be returning from a "satellite camp" at Franklin County High School. The camps give fans "the opportunity to get up close with our players," Calipari said. "The only problem is, until now, we haven't had our full team. With Ashton Hagans and Reid Travis here, I wanted to give our fans an opportunity on the way back from camp to meet these guys."

The satellite camp, from 1 to 4 p.m., is still open for registration. Fans can sign up by visiting ukathletics.com/camps. It is open to boys and girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. "Spots are available for all camps and are based on a first-come, first-served basis, with online registration recommended as the fastest and most efficient form of registering campers," the release says. "The cost for the camp is $90 per camper and includes a camp T-shirt, three hours of instruction with Coach Calipari and the Kentucky basketball staff and available players, competitions, autograph sessions, along with question and answer sessions with Coach Cal." Camp-related questions can be called into the men's basketball camp line at 859-257-9457 or 859-257-1916 or by email at ukmbbcamps@uky.edu.

The release cautions, "NCAA rules prohibit payment of camp expenses (camp tuition, transportation, spending money, etc.) for prospects (seventh grade and above) by University of Kentucky boosters. For men's basketball, a prospect is an individual who has started classes for the seventh grade. NCAA rules also prohibit free or reduced camp admissions for prospects. If you have any questions, notify camp officials prior to attending camp."

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