Along with John Calipari’s summer camps, Friday’s UK Alumni Charity Game raised over a million dollars, including $150,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. It was also another platform for Karl-Antnony Towns, who wrote a column about racism on The Players’ Tribune, to make a statement about social issues by wearing “Love trumps hate” and a crossed-out “Racism” on his sneakers.
“I think everyone thinks we’re athletes so our intellectual capacity is not enough to understand topics or we’re not capable to fully explain feelings, what you feel about the topics,” Towns said after the game. “But that’s not true. A lot of us athletes, a lot of us are well educated. A lot of us have a spot in our heart that we feel like we try to get knowledge from people, tell people how we feel. There’s nothing wrong or soft about letting people know how you feel.”
Towns finished the game with a game-high 33 points on 16 of 18 shooting. Rajon Rondo had 13 points, 8 boards and 7 crowd-pleasing assists — the best was an off-the-head alley-oop to Eric Bledsoe. Other players included Boogie Cousins, Jamal Murray, Jamaal Magloire, Tony Delk and Terrence Jones.
As an extra treat for Kentucky fans, a Legends game was also played that featured NCAA legend Jack “Goose” Givens, 7’3 Shagari Alleyne, Rex Chapman and Kenny “Sky” Walker. Bobby Perry led all scorers with 17.