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University of Kentucky Recognizes Family of the Year

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2019) — This past Saturday, the University of Kentucky honored Abby Benton and her family as the 2019 Family of the Year on Kroger Field before the UK vs. Florida football game. Benton was joined by her parents, Amy and Tony Benton, and her brother Nathan.

The Family of the Year award, sponsored by the Student Transitions and Family Programs, recognizes the valuable role that families play in student success. During a major life transition, such as college, family support is vital. With that support, the possibilities for students to succeed become limitless.

The Student Transitions and Family Programs office saw that love and support exemplified by the Bentons.

Lifelong UK super fans, the Benton's were delighted to find out they had been chosen for Family of the year, and better yet, would be honored at the UK football game. Before each home game, UK honors students, faculty and staff who are demonstrating what is “Wildly Possible” at the University of Kentucky.

"My family members are crazy Cat fans, but when you put us together, we become fanatics," Abby Benton said. "We are the most passionate family you will find for this school, and we will all be CATS fans until the day we die."

Although from Knoxville, Tennessee, the Bentons make their way to the Bluegrass state often to cheer on the cats and to cheer on Abby.  

photo of the UK 2019 Family of the Year, father Tony, mother amy, son Nathan and daughter Abby, who is a UK student.
The Benton family was recognized as the UK Family of the Year on Kroger Field Saturday during the UK vs. Florida game. Left to right: Tony and Amy, parents; their son Nathan; and their daughter Abby who is a sophomore at UK. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.