As summer winds its way toward autumn and anticipation for football heightens, Keith Madison prepares for another round of giving. Don’t misconstrue that and assume that he only gives occasionally because he has been giving of himself to help others for many years. This was the case even when he was coaching the Kentucky baseball team. I was fortunate to be able to talk to him earlier in the spring on our radio show and this came up over the course of conversation.
He became the head coach at Kentucky at the young age of 27, had assistant coaches who were there on a part-time basis, raised funds to cover basic program needs and turned down opportunities to accept jobs at other places. He was still able to take Kentucky baseball to never before seen heights.
All of this while at a basketball school in a football conference.
The giving didn’t stop after Madison stopped coaching.
He has been heavily involved in outreach events with SCORE International. He’s been to various locations particularly in areas where kids may not receive as many opportunities as they should. Some of those places are: the Dominican Republic, Greene County Alabama and the place where I was raised, Harlan County Kentucky.
The Harlan County Festival will be held from July 17-21, 2017 with a wide array events going on ( sports, games, block party, medical screenings).
Coach Madison is doing it up right and he’s also bringing some friends along with him.
Former Cumberland Redskins quarterback Freddie Maggard will be a part of the events with players and coaches on Monday and Tuesday at Harlan County High School. Everyone back home still talks about Freddie leading the Skins to those state title games back in the day and are proud of everything he did at UK too. We all enjoy hearing him dispense his immense football knowledge on various radio shows and podcasts throughout the state.
Former UK forward Mike Pratt will also be making the trip to the mountains. All of the youngsters know him only as the color analyst alongside the voice of the Cats, Tom Leach, on the UK Sports Network. Pratt played for Adolph Rupp (and had countless great stories about him) and alongside Dan Issel, arguably the greatest Kentucky basketball player of all time. He also played for the ABA’s Kentucky Colonels and went on to coach at UNC Charlotte.
Last but definitely not least we have Kyle Macy, the floor general for the 1978 national championship team, and still one of the most beloved Cats ever will round out Coach Madison’s trio of celebrity guests. Macy played for the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers as well as overseas. He was the head coach at Morehead State and is currently an assistant coach at Transylvania.
It is truly going to be a great four days in Harlan County. Coach Madison should definitely be commended. For more information go to scoreintl.org or give them a call at (423)894-7111. The invitation is also open to kids and athletes from neighboring Letcher County as well.