Kentucky's Hawkins taking cultural exchange trip

Herald-Leader Staff ReportMay 9, 2014 

Kentucky's Dominique Hawkins (25) put up a shot late in the first half of the NCAA Final Four semi-finals Saturday April 5, 2014 at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

University of Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins will travel to the Far East with Sports Reach this month to compete in eight basketball games against local clubs.

The U.S. Sports Reach team will be on a cultural exchange basketball trip May 10-25 in order to learn more about the Far Eastern culture, while sharing its own culture.

"Traveling to the Far East is something I've never dreamed of," Hawkins said in a UK news release. "I'm excited for this experience made possible by Sports Reach. I look forward to immersing myself in the culture and bettering my skills on the court."

Hawkins, who will be a sophomore in the fall, played in 33 games for UK's national runner-up squad in 2013-14. He scored 25 points and had 23 rebounds and 12 assists in his first season.

Hawkins is one of several Wildcats who have participated in cultural exchanges during Coach John Calipari's tenure, joining Josh Harrellson, Jon Hood and Eloy Vargas.

Hawkins, a 6-foot-guard from Richmond, will be joined on the trip by players from Illinois, Jacksonville State, Murray State, Southern, TCU, Texas Tech and Troy.

Founded in 1986 by Robby Spear, Sports Reach attempts to reach the world through sports evangelism.

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