By LARRY VAUGHT
Four women who attended the John Calipari Women’s Clinic Sunday night in Lexington shared their thoughts in special posts here. Three of them had more complaints than compliments this year about everything from lack of player interaction to no food to things running late to the price and availability of autographed basketballs and more.
Guy Ramsey, director of strategic communication for UK Athletics, noted the complaints and offered this response:
“We rely on feedback like this to get better. We will be taking it into account as we work to make next year’s Women’s Clinic the best it can be,” Ramsey said. “We are constantly adjusting based on circumstances and schedules with all of our events.
‘With the Women’s Clinic, we do recognize it was different this year – and Coach Cal said as much to participants. Given the circumstances and schedules I mentioned, we tried to make the best of them and tie the Women’s Clinic with the volleyball match.
“We moved back to Memorial to accommodate vendors to make sure food was available and we apologize for any issues that arose on that front. We will work to be better in the future.
“ We also did our best to communicate information about the Clinic as widely as possibly, both by posting on UKathletics.com and @KentuckyMBB’s social platforms. We originally announced it on Sept. 27 and followed up with multiple posts on social media, as well as direct emails to all fans who signed up.
“Finally, we apologize to fans whom we were not able to accommodate with extra signed balls. As you know, we try to be mindful of the time demands we place on our student-athletes. Having them sign enough balls to accommodate all additional requests is unfortunately not reasonable given those time demands, so we accommodate as many as we can.”