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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.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for," and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.