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It’s Not About Wins And Losses

Posted by Matt on February 26, 2008

UPDATE: Discuss this NOW over at ACC vs. SEC: It’s Not About Wins And Losses

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The Kentucky student body puts on an annual fund raiser each year called “Dance Blue” and it is an all night ‘dance marathon’ charity to benefit the University of Kentucky’s Children’s Oncology department, benefiting kids with cancer that need help financially. This year we raised nearly $430,000 as a student body in just the third year of operation and the total seems to double each year.

The rule for those who are taking pledges is that they can’t stop moving for 24 hours on the floor of the famed Memorial Coliseum. There are games, food, live music, and fun and people are encourage to watch the festivities from the bleachers if they’re not apt to pull an all-nighter (us college kids do it on a semi-regular basis). It sounds like a lot, but when you look at whom you’re fighting for, 24 hours without sleep is spit in the ocean compared to what these children fight against each day.

Dance Blue starts on a Friday evening and ends on a Saturday evening and Coach Billy Clyde showed up towards the end of this year’s festivities and below is the video:

Seriously, watch the video if you haven’t already, it behooves you to do so. Non-Kentucky fans included.

Wins or losses aside, if you can’t appreciate Billy Gillispie as a human being after watching that video then you are not human yourself. Coach Gillispie gets choked up at least three times by my count and then ends the video on a strong note, showing no signs of doing what he did for publicity as he immediately sneaks off stage. That night was clearly about the children with cancer and Billy G. knew it. We should all keep those kids in our thoughts, not just during Dance Blue but on a daily basis.

At the end of the day, it’s not about wins and losses it is about doing something positive in life and it is videos like this that make me proud to be a Wildcat.

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One Response to “It’s Not About Wins And Losses”

  1. That’s great. Thanks for the info.

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