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Published on Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Buds Big Day!
Louis “Bud” Robertson is a 98-year-old WWII Veteran and University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball alumni. Bud’s dream was to return to his alma mater and meet UK Men’s Basketball Coach John Calipari. That dream came to life on Friday, February 7.
Bud’s big day began with a historic interview where he recounted his memories of being on the team and being coached by the infamous Adolf Rupp. Next Bud and his family and two best friends enjoyed a tour of campus including the student center which was once home to the very court where Bud and his teammates played. Then it was time for the moment Bud had been waiting for, to meet John Calipari.
After watching a closed practice Bud was thrilled when Coach Calipari emerged from the team’s locker room to greet him. After their introductions Calipari told Bud, “I read [Rupp’s] book that he put out in 1941, the stuff that he was doing with you guys is pertinent today.” Coach Calipari later told Bud that he sets up practices with his team the same way Rupp did when Bud played.
Bud got to exchange stories with Coach Calipari and meet the team, making him feel as though he was a member of the team once again.