Phillips Set for Final Gameday Ready Stop in Louisville

July 11, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- After three successful stops already this summer, University of Kentucky football head coach Joker Phillips is set for the final Gameday Ready Tour stop of the year at Shawnee Park in Louisville, Ky., on Sunday, July 15.

Registration for the stop begins at 2 p.m. local time with football activities scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. local time. All activities will take place on the football field at the southern end of Shawnee Park.

Phillips, along with members of the UK coaching staff and UK marketing department, had three successful stops the last week of June in Franklin, Ky., West Liberty, Ky., and Pikeville, Ky. The Louisville stop Sunday completes the tour for the summer.

Each Gameday Ready tour stop features 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 through those entering the eighth grade. 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 three years, Phillips has held successful tours in seven cities in the state of Kentucky, visiting Hyden, Central City, Danville, Louisville, Franklin, Pikeville, Covington and West Liberty. 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 in May to continue UK’s work.

For more details about the tour, please call 859-257-8022.

Louisville

Shawnee Park (Football field on southern end of park)
Sunday, July 15
Registration at 2 p.m.
Football activities at 3 p.m.