One of the biggest adjustments I had to make when I moved to Central Kentucky was coming to the realization that everyone here is a UK basketball fan. I had no idea to expect this and I had never seen anything like it in my life. For the ten years that I lived near Detroit, I was moderately amused by the ever-present rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State, but the fandom that exists in the greater Lexington area puts all of that to shame. I am no doctor, but I am relatively certain that a majority of the population of Central Kentucky literally bleeds blue blood.
Blue is ubiquitous here and I love it! Seeing blue everywhere gives us a sense that we all belong to something great, something much larger than ourselves. Regardless of where you are, you know that, come tip off time, anyone in your vicinity who is wearing a blue shirt can and will be your new best friend for the next couple of hours. It’s a beautiful thing, really.
As much love I have for our Wildcats and the guy who sat next to me in Row 32, D, the last time I was at Rupp Arena, it pales in comparison to the love I have for another group of “Blue Shirts.”
Each and every Sunday, in Georgetown and across all of Southland’s four campuses, our Guest Experience team shows up to play. This crew is easily the most joyful group of morning people that I have ever encountered! These volunteers show up about 30 minutes before each worship service to begin praying for you. They smile, they welcome people, they walk first-time guests through the building to children’s environments to help alleviate anxieties and apprehensions, they prepare communion trays, they serve coffee and they laugh. Boy, do they ever laugh! They even have the grace enough to know that I am not quite myself on Sunday mornings until I’ve had that third cup of coffee...
The truth is that our Guest Experience volunteers - those wonderful “Blue Shirts” that scatter the property on Sunday mornings - bring us together. They help us all feel like we belong to one another, and to something so much greater than any of us: they help us feel like, and actually become, the Church. Here at Southland the color blue has become symbolic of that hospitality and I am grateful for each and every person who serves on that team to bring this Family together!
Think you have what it takes to get in the game and join our team of “Blue Shirts”? (Translation: can you smile and be glad to see people?) Contact LaShawn Barber
and she can help you take that step!