The University of Kentucky will honor the legacy of former equipment manager Bill Keightley, also known as Mr. Wildcat, at the Kentucky-Mississippi Valley State basketball game on Sunday.
Keightley’s family – his widow Hazel, daughter Karen Marlowe and son-in-law Alden Marlowe – will be honored in a ceremony at halftime at which time his jersey will be retired a final time in Rupp Arena.
A representative of Mr. Keightley’s family will be the first of a season long program that will reflect Keightley’s legacy and his well-known respect for Kentuckians from all walks of life. Beginning Sunday, fans can register at UKathletics.com for an opportunity to sit in Mr. Keightley’s seat on the Kentucky bench from pregame through the first media timeout of a game.
The game program as well as the game ticket will honor Mr. Wildcat.
“We all have been lucky enough to have someone like Mr. Keightley to show us what having the spirit of life means and he celebrated life on a daily basis”, said Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie. “He influenced each of us, and he was a great example of someone who loved his University more than anything. To honor his legacy through our fans would have made him proud.”