The Kentucky Wildcats football team is calling on Big Blue Nation to continue to help Chris Oats.
The Kentucky linebacker suffered a stroke in the spring of 2020, but Chris remains a part of every Saturday the team takes the field. When the team runs out of the tunnel, they are carrying a “22” flag, as well as various different players wearing his number as they play this season.
Now, there is a chance for fans to help show their support for Oats and his family.
Chris is now back at home, but the medical bills and rehab expenses are still incredibly expensive. Plus, to help as he goes through this recovery process, his family is trying to raise money to help purchase a wheelchair accessible van.
On Thursday Mark Stoops, sent a message to fans to help his family reach that goal.
It takes all of us in the Big Blue Nation to step up & contribute#BBN, please consider supporting Chris Oats and his family at https://t.co/cGrL5ZCK79. pic.twitter.com/GuoQqsKXm5— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) September 9, 2021
"We need to all step up and I'll be the first one... Our fanbase is amazing, our people are amazing they just need to know that Chris needs the help... It's bigger than football, this is life." #BBN, please consider supporting Chris Oats & his family at https://t.co/AuxR9Aix6z pic.twitter.com/y4fRKfX7no— UK Sports Network (@UKSportsNetwork) September 9, 2021
The Gofundme goal is $150,000, and currently they are a little over halfway there. You can also help give to his family by purchasing an Oats Strong shirt from his family.
OK everyone today is my BIRTHDAY is you would like to bless me in anyway today I'm asking that you donate to the Oatsstronge22 GoFundMe) our purchased a Oatsstrong a t-shirt pic.twitter.com/7oR3JSSpiB— Kcoats22 (@kcoats22) September 1, 2021
No donation is too small. Chris played a major role on two teams that helped give Kentucky fans some of the best memories of the Mark Stoops era, now it’s our turn to help give back to him.