When Yakubu Davis Jr. was born on Tuesday, he got two things: his name from his father and a blue and white knitted cap from the hospital.
That's March Madness, baby.
On Friday, declared Blue and White Day by Mayor Jim Gray in honor of the University of Kentucky Wildcats, 3-day-old Yakubu was getting a lot of company: about 20 more babies at St. Joseph Women's Hospital in Lexington.
"We are celebrating our UK today, so every baby gets a blue and white hat," said Sharon Groves, nurse manager at St. Joseph Women's Hospital. "Even the girls get ones with blue, along with the pink, today."
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Actually, every baby born there this month is offered a blue and white cap, if they want one. Most do, Groves said.
The caps are made by a volunteer group known as the Noggineers, about 70 women and a few men who make them for the Lexington and London KentuckyOne Health hospitals.
Last year, they made 3,849 hats and mittens, 969 blankets and toys for pediatric patients in the emergency rooms and surgery, and 2,313 quilts, according to Gail Berish, who coordinates the project.
Every other month they meet and show off their latest creations — besides every permutation of blue and white imaginable, there are caps for holidays. For Easter, there are even versions with little bunny ears. They sort them by size and attach a tag explaining who made the cap "with love in every loop."
The program started 10 years ago, with an idea that volunteer coordinator Jamine Hamner picked up at a conference, Berish said. The next meeting is May 11.
UK and Baptist Health hospitals also have similar volunteer programs that give newborns hats in Lexington, where the Kentucky Wildcat fan base is strong.
Sha-Ron Davis, Yakubu's mother, said the blue and white cap "will go with his UK outfit that he has at home."
She was hoping to be discharged before the 1 p.m. SEC tournament game against Florida on Friday so she would have time to get him home and into the onesie, to go with his 5-year-old sister, Yazmine's cheerleader outfit.
Rocking her son in the hospital room, Davis whispered, "Say 'Go, Cats, go!'"