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CAFE Bowl on May 3 Caps Unique Experience for Faculty, Staff


LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 1, 2015)  The public is invited to watch a football game on the University of Kentucky campus this Sunday afternoon, May 3. No, it will not be the actual UK Wildcats in action, but rather faculty and staff from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) playing in the CAFE Bowl. The flag football event will be the culmination of a unique, three-day experience, the UK CAFE Gridiron Challenge, in which student-athletes will be the 'professors,' with faculty and staff taking on the role of student-athlete.

The Department of Community and Leadership Development, which is part of the college, came up with this idea in an effort to narrow the knowledge gap and curb misperceptions of what it means to be a student-athlete at a major university.

All day Friday and Saturday, participants will have coursework, position meetings, practice, weightlifting, training table, debriefing, and study. UK football players will be teaching and grading the faculty and staff participants as they go through their paces. 

The game on Sunday will kickoff at 1 p.m. at the Pieratt Student Recreation Fields located near the intersection of University Drive and Cooper Drive. There is seating for 250 people and while there is no admission charge, attendees are encouraged to make a $5 donation, which will go to CAFE undergraduate scholarships.



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