The Healing Place

Rivalry Fun

Rivalry Fun

Do you bleed red or bleed blue? Take a walk through the halls at The Healing Place and you will find plenty of red and blue to go around. Like much of the city of Louisville, THP is divided between Cards and Cats. Chairman Jay Davidson’s office is all red -- from his door down to his computer keyboard. It’s all Cards all the time. Men’s Program Director Steve Hanks bleeds Kentucky blue. The walls in his office are blue and there’s UK gear as far as the eye can see.

Rivalry time is a fun time for us at The Healing Place. You get to hear all the trash talk and the reasons why the Cards will beat the Cats or the Cats will beat the Cards. For the past several years, we have taken the fun of the rivalry and turned it into a way for fans to support their teams as well as help men and women suffering from addiction.

This year’s UofL-UK Challenge kicked off the Monday before Thanksgiving, just days before the Governor’s Cup. From then until the Battle of the Bluegrass on December 26th, Cards and Cats fans used their donations to support their team. Each vote was a $5 donation to The Healing Place. Going into the basketball game on December 26th, the Cards held a slight lead.

In the weeks leading up to the basketball game, a bet was made. If UofL won the challenge, Steve Hanks said he’d take a pie to the face; if UK won, Cards fan Jason Norwood, a friend of THP, said he’d take the pie. They wanted to raise as much money as possible for The Healing Place.

Going into the basketball game, the Cards had a slight lead. Donations were pouring in throughout the game with the lead going back and forth. Every time the Cats went ahead, the Cards made a comeback. When the final buzzer sounded at Rupp Arena, Kentucky had won the basketball game, but Louisville had won the challenge for the second year in a row.

The real winner was The Healing Place. The challenge raised a total of $1,630 -- an amount which allows 13 men and women to go through our detox.

On January 5th clients, alumni, and staff packed the room for 3pm class to watch Steve pay up on the bet. Steve ended up with 3 pies to the face, thanks to a challenge he made during the game. Because Kentucky won the game, Jason let Steve throw a pie in his face anyway.

Watching Steve get covered in pies is hilarious, no matter where your team loyalties lie.

We want to say thanks to Jennifer at Bake My Day for providing the UofL and UK pies.