KY Historical Society Bringing "HistoryMobile" To Caveland Classic: Mobile HS Basketball Hall of Fame Museum
Raffery's/Double Dogs Helps Host Another Caveland Classic
Darren Doyle, story:
The 2019 Caveland Classic is set for Thursday, December 19th through Saturday, December 21st at Edmonson County High School, thanks to Rafferty's/Double Dogs, who is the title sponsor for the annual event.
Rafferty's Senior Vice President Scott Lindsey, an Edmonson County native, said this year, the Kentucky Historical Society will be bringing its KHS History Mobile, which is a mobile museum-tractor trailer highlighting the history of Kentucky high school basketball.
"The history mobile is in year two of a three-year run featuring 100 years of high school basketball in the state of Kentucky," said Greg Purpus, Chief Operating Officer of the Kentucky High School Basketball HOF. "The state of Kentucky and high school basketball have always been intertwined and can’t really be separated. The mobile unit just seemed like a natural to celebrate 100 years of high school basketball during the Centennial Celebration of 2018."
Lindsey said the HistoryMobile will be present at the Rafferty’s/Double Caveland Classic from approximately noon until 6pm on Saturday the 21st at ECHS, most likely in front of the gym.
"It’s is essentially an 18-wheeler and is very impressive," Lindsey said. "This will be at no cost and open to everyone."
Games will be held at both Edmonson County Middle School and ECHS, with both the Lady Cats and Wildcats playing all their games at ECHS. Girls will tip at 5:30pm nightly with the boys following at approximately 7:15pm. Edmonson County will take on (both girls and boys) Metcalfe County on Thursday, Green County on Friday, and Thomas Nelson on Saturday.
It's the 13th year in a row that Rafferty's/Double Dogs has been the title sponsor. Lindsey said the idea to revive the Caveland Classic came to him and former ECHS coach and Athletic Director Rick Wood, several years ago. They discussed how they wanted to provide a way to keep Edmonson County teams at home during the holiday tournament season while also doing something to help the school, team, and community.
"We feel strongly about our sponsorship of the Caveland Classic so we can give back-- because Edmonson County definitely gives to us," Lindsey said. "I count and hear of many EC patrons almost everyday in all of our locations and concepts. Compared to national chains, we are a small company and we like to stay “hometown” so working with charities, schools, and other causes is a way for us to give back. I'm also very proud of my hometown. We can help people and four- legged friends by trying to make our impact on communities more local."
Tournament attendees are encouraged to come out for as many games as possible and to stop by the History Mobile exhibit, which is scheduled to be outside the ECHS gym on Saturday.