|Derek Willis goes up for a shot
in the 2013 all-star game.
The intense basketball rivalry between Kentucky and Indiana will electrify downtown Lexington June 13 when the Kentucky/Indiana All-Star Classic comes to Transylvania University’s beautiful Clive M. Beck Athletic and Recreation Center.
Though the event—which matches the top boys and girls high school seniors in Kentucky against the best in Indiana, including the “Mr. and Miss Basketball” award winners—launched in 1940, 2014 will mark just the sixth time it will be held in Lexington and the first time since 1996.
The Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) and the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation (KLEF) announced Jan. 29 that they had agreed to a three-year contract to bring the event to Lexington.
WKYT-TV (Lexington) will televise the games live on the CW in Lexington and WYMT in Hazard. And plans call for syndicating a statewide network of TV stations to broadcast the games across the Commonwealth.
“This is a very exciting announcement for us,” said Terry Johnson, executive director of the BSC. “We are honored to work with Transylvania, WKYT and others to host an event with such a rich history that supports the amazing work of the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation.”
Located on one of the nation’s most historic college campuses, Transylvania’s Beck Center is a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of downtown Lexington. It seats 1,200 in an intimate setting perfect for high-stakes basketball. Transylvania’s storied basketball program has used the facility for its NCAA Division III games since 2001. Free parking is available in university lots along West Fourth Street.
“Transylvania is proud to play host to this iconic event,” said Holly Sheilley, Transylvania director of athletics.” We are excited to play a part in bringing this event to our community and showcasing our campus.”
Ticket information and additional details will be available soon. If you have questions about the event, contact the Bluegrass Sports Commission at (859) 255-0336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KLEF's mission is to prevent and cure blindness. The foundation provides vision care and assistance to more than 20,000 Kentuckians annually. It supports an eye bank, eye clinics, eye research, and programs including the Vision Van and KidSight throughout the state.
Governed by a board of directors, the Bluegrass Sports Commission is an independent, nonprofit 501c3 responsible for recruiting, growing, executing, and attracting sporting events of all sizes and types that serve Central Kentucky by increasing economic activity and/or improving the quality of life for its citizens.
Transylvania University admits students regardless of age, race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, national origin, or any other classification protected by federal or state law or local ordinance.