Kentucky Wildcats find home away from home in Ga.


by WHAS11

Posted on March 25, 2012 at 12:31 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 26 at 3:12 PM

ATLANTA, Ga. (WHAS11)--It was a beautiful southern Saturday at David and Diana Shelton's home in Alpharetta, Ga.

The kind of day you'd rather spend outside with a cool drink, not in the wash room doing laundry, especially someone else's laundry.

"They call us every time they play in Atlanta. I do not travel with them and do laundry," said Diane Shelton, UK Alum.

Its a tradition that started 17 years ago  at the SEC Tournament.

"Bill Keightley called looking for my husband. I said what do you do need? He said I need a laundromat can you tell me where to go? I said no way." added Shelton

Since then, no one else in Atlanta has washed the Cats uniforms.

"It just takes time with only one machine in the home,"added Shelton.

Yeah, eight hours.

"We've been up last night and we got up early this morning. Run in here and rotate laundry," added Shelton.

"So the pressure's on? The pressure's on. You just go God be with me today. Let's make this all work." added Shelton.

If you think laundry is this families' only contribution to the UK basketball program, think again.

"It says to Mr. Shelton thanks for helping me get to Kentucky. Go Big Blue. Jeff Shepard," said David Shelton, UK Alum.

As Kentucky attempts to zip up title number eight, they'll do so with the bluest blues and whitest whites.

A family touch, 350 miles from Lexington, on the road to the Final Four.