Kentucky Basketball Fan Goes Viral; Calipari Offers Free Tickets, VIP Treatment

Lexington, Kentucky, USA. April 22, 2016 - The Commonwealth Stadium is the football stadium for the University of Kentucky Wildcats.


A Kentucky basketball fan went viral for all of the right reasons.

Wildcats head coach John Calipari shared a photo on social media that showed a man sitting courtside with his son. The man was a coal miner who was still in his work clothes and covered in dust, but he made sure he did not miss the exhibition game at Rupp Arena or the special time with his son.

Calipari applauded the man and went on to offer free tickets and VIP treatment for him and his family.

“My family’s American dream started in a Clarksburg, WV coal mine, so this picture hits home,” Calipari wrote on Twitter. “From what I’ve been told, after his shift, he raced to be with his son & watch our team. Don’t know who this is, but I have tickets for him & his family at Rupp to be treated as VIPs!!”

Fans responding to the tweet also applauded the man for going the extra mile.

“Show is ALWAYS better than tell… This man is showing up, showing his support, showing his love,” one fan wrote. “This child will remember that more than being told I love you.. always show I love you.”

The man’s wife, Mollie McGuire, saw the photo and responded on Facebook by identifying her husband, Michael McGuire, who works at Excel Mining.

“This is my amazing husband,” she wrote. “It doesn’t matter to him how long he has worked or how hard his day is, he is always there and shows up for our babies! He is the most selfless man ever and always puts his family first! “Our babies absolutely adore him and Easton our son tells people he is a coal miner like his daddy. We are beyond blessed and thankful!”


Calipari and the Wildcats kick off their 2022-23 campaign on Monday, November 7 at home against Howard. Kentucky enters the season as the No. 4 team in the preseason AP Top 25 rankings.

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