Community Education Center Presents Legendary UK Coach Adolph Rupp in Chautauqua

University of Kentucky basketball fans will be in for a great October surprise here in Anderson County as the Anderson Community Education Center sponsors a Kentucky Chautauqua presentation on legendary coach, Adolph Rupp.

On Tuesday evening, October 24, 2017, the Kentucky Humanities Council will provide community residents with an opportunity to spend some quality time with the legendary UK basketball coach, Adolph Rupp. Coach Rupp will interact with members of the community beginning at 7 p.m. at the Anderson County Senior Citizen Center located at 160 Township Square in Lawrenceburg.

During the 42 years he coached at the University of Kentucky, Adolph Rupp (1901-1977) raised basketball to near-religious status in the Commonwealth. Basketball took its place next to horses, coal, and bourbon as one of the cultural icons that characterizes the state. Rupp’s teams won 880 games, four national championships, and one Olympic gold medal. There was a flip-side to all this success – the Kentucky team was suspended for the 1952-53 season after a point-shaving scandal, and Rupp was heavily criticized for taking so long to integrate his program.

Adolph Rupp grew up in Kansas, the son of immigrant farmers. He played three years of varsity basketball at the University of Kansas, but never scored a point. He began his coaching career in Kansas, but soon moved on to Iowa and then Illinois. The University of Kentucky hired him in 1930. Rupp’s genius for public relations and his team’s winning ways combined to make Kentucky basketball a statewide phenomenon, a point of pride around which Kentuckians still rally.

Dr. Edward B. Smith portrays Adolph Rupp for a Kentucky Chautauqua. A long time Kentucky resident living in Cynthia, Smith earned a Ph.D. in performance studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and currently teaches theatre and film classes at Georgetown College, where he is an associate professor.

The program is a presentation of the Kentucky Humanities Council, with local sponsorship provided by Anderson Community Education. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information please contact:  Elizabeth Swartz, Community Education Director 839-3754

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