Transylvania Athletic Director Holly Sheilley said Thursday that the exhibition game with Kentucky Friday will net her school $50,000.
Transy raised about $30,000 in an auction/dinner Thursday night. The school also gets a $20,000 guarantee to play the game.
The $50,000 translates into the budget for one Transy athletic team for an entire school year, Sheilley said.
“So it makes a tremendous difference,” she said.
Sheilley thanked UK Coach John Calipari, who attended the auction/dinner. He donated six tickets to the game, including a post-game dinner with the UK team in its locker room, as part of the auction. Those items went for $2,150.
Sheilley thanked Calipari, the UK team and the school for “literally wrapping their arms around us and letting us be part” of Kentucky basketball. She said that said something about Calipari as a person.
“That he cares about his community more than people give him credit for at times,” she said. “He definitely didn’t have to be here.”