Henry Clay senior mounts campaign for prom date with Wildcat Kidd-Gilchrist

ctruman@herald-leader.comMarch 14, 2012 

Emily Rodes would really like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to go to the Henry Clay High School prom with her.

And she's willing to go in a Wildcat blue dress.

Rodes, a senior who said she's been a fan of UK basketball since she was a toddler, has mounted a campaign on Facebook and Twitter to convince the University of Kentucky freshman and basketball forward to attend the prom with her.

Rodes took a sign asking Kidd-Gilchrist for the date to the UK Senior Night game on March 1 and Tweeted to Kidd-Gilchrist to look for it.

At the game, several people asked to get their photos taken with her and told her that they hoped that Kidd-Gilchrist said yes.

"Everyone loved it, and everyone wished me luck," Rodes said.

Since there is rarely victory without a team, Rodes has assembled backup. Several of her friends have also Tweeted Kidd-Gilchrist to support her request.

Getting a celebrity date is not without recent precedent. In 2011, pop singer Justin Timberlake and actress Mila Kunis accepted YouTube invitations to attend separate Marine Corps ball events. Country singer Taylor Swift was recently asked to the prom by a New Jersey high schooler. Swift, who had a conflict on the day, instead invited the student to the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Rodes said she got the idea of asking Kidd-Gilchrist while talking with friends about prom dates. But, despite her prom poster and social media efforts, Rodes has not yet heard from Kidd-Gilchrist.

The prom is April 21 at the Hyatt Regency. That is conveniently next door to Rupp Arena, so Kidd-Gilchrist would surely know the neighborhood.

Rodes is unconcerned about not having heard from Kidd-Gilchrist just yet.

"He's got a lot going on right now, so I understand," she said.

UK sports information director DeWayne Peevey said Wednesday that Kidd-Gilchrist "wasn't aware of it and couldn't commit to going."

Cheryl Truman: (859) 231-3202. Twitter: @CherylTruman

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