A participant in the scramble putts on the 10th hole as his teammates watch on.

A participant in the scramble putts on the 10th hole as his teammates watch. | Photo by Jeremy Chisenhall

Tuesday’s second-annual Inside the Lines Golf Scramble was highlighted by appearances by former University of Kentucky and University of Louisville athletes.

The scramble is aimed to help Inside the Lines Training fundraise, and it featured participants such as Alfonso Smith, Keenan Burton, Garry Williams (all former UK and NFL football players), Tony Williams (former UofL basketball player),  and Michael Bush (former UofL and NFL football player).  The event fielded 23 teams of three-to-four people, according to Anthony Richardson, a co-founder of Inside the Lines.

Inside the Lines is a nonprofit based in Louisville that looks to help young student-athletes in the area with the off-the-field aspects of their lives. This includes academics, leadership, responsibility and work ethic, according to the nonprofit’s website.

“You are contributing back to your community, helping kids,” Richardson told the competitors who paid $100 apiece to participate in the scramble, which was held at Nevel Meade Golf Course in Prospect. “You are investing in a foundation that is growing and impacting our youth daily.”

Inside the Lines was founded in 2017 by Richardson and Robert Harris, the head strength and conditioning coach for UK basketball. They tutor, train and mentor student-athletes in Jefferson County, Richardson said. They also run a summer camp, an after-school program and weekend mentoring as well, he said.

Richardson said that 90% of the staff at Inside the Lines also works for Jefferson County Public Schools, including himself. He is a middle school behavior implementation coach.

Burton stressed the importance that he believes Inside the Lines has at this time in Louisville.

“With the city going crazy like it is with the youth, especially urban areas — they need something to do,” Burton said. “There’s nothing for them to do right now.”

Burton said that Inside the Lines is stepping in and giving kids more to do. The city closed its public pools for the summer, citing the cost of upkeep, deferred maintenance and operations as reasons they couldn’t be kept open this year. The city has other initiatives, including the Cultural Pass and a partnership with local YMCA locations, to try to give families options for things to do after closing the pools.

Richardson said that the money from Tuesday’s golf scramble is going toward Inside the Lines’ vision for next year, which will include taking students younger than high school age on a college visit outside of Louisville.

Check out photos from the scramble below.