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Mr. and Miss Basketball awards ceremony changing dates, locations

Last year’s Mr. Basketball Dontaie Allen and Miss Basketball Savannah Wheeler. (Larry Vaught Photo)

LOUISVILLE –  The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation will host the 9th Annual Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at the Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington, KY.  Previously, this event was held the Tuesday prior to the Boys Sweet Sixteen tournament at the Lexington Center.  

Due to the construction currently taking place at the Lexington Center along with scheduling conflicts, leaders at the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation consulted with leadership at the Kentucky High School Athletics Association and Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches who agreed that changing the date and location for the 2020 and 2021 events will ensure that proper space is available for this prestigious event.  The 2021 event will be held the evening of Sunday, March 14, 2021.

While the date and location of the Awards Ceremony is changing, the focus of the event will remain to celebrate the achievements of the top high school basketball players in the state of Kentucky as well as to raise support and awareness of the mission of the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation.  To celebrate the athletes, the special evening will include a dinner, silent auction, presentation of various awards, and the announcement of Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball.

“After conferring with several groups and individuals, the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation has decided to move the Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards Ceremony to the Marriott due to numerous factors.  We are confident that the Griffin Gate Marriott is the best location for the event these next two years.  We look forward to using their newly renovated space to honor some of the greatest student athletes from across the state and to showcase the meaningful work of our Foundation,” said Lindy Lamkin, Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation Executive Director.

As part of the continuing partnership between the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation (KLEF) and the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches (KABC), information regarding the nominations for the 2020 Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball candidates / Regional Players of the Year will be sent out to Kentucky high school basketball coaches and select members of Kentucky media in December 2019.

All sports fans and those interested in supporting this great event and the athletes that will be celebrated are invited to attend the 2020 Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards Ceremony.  Tickets will be available soon at or by calling 800-232-5308.

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