Courtney Love - University of Kentucky - Linebacker


  • Named to the 2016 SEC Academic Honor Roll

  • Graduated in May of 2017 with a degree in community and leadership development

  • Currently working on a second degree in communications

  • Serves as one of UK football’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representatives for the second straight seasons


  • One of 11 FBS student-athletes named to the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

  • Named a team captain in 13 straight games

  • Chosen to represent UK football at the annual SEC Media Days in 2016 and 2017

  • Member of the team's leadership council for the second straight season.

Community Service

  • Leads the team in community service hours with 115 hours and counting

  • Ran away from home at age 8 due to a complicated relationship with his mother and was raised by his grandmother, great-grandmother and a family friend while his dad was in prison

  • Took his childhood experiences and turned them into a passion for mentoring children living in a one-parent household or those children who have a parent incarcerated

  • Volunteers at Amachi Central Kentucky, a mentoring program that seeks to pair caring, positive adults with children and youth in the Bluegrass who have one of both parents in state or federal prison or are affected by incarceration in some way (weekly)

  • Only required to spend one hour, just one day a week, with his mentee but he goes above and beyond, spending weekends and several hours each week with not only his assigned mentee, Antonio, who is eight years old, but he also spends time with other children in the program

  • Served in a Skype mentoring program during the 2016 season with high school students in Lexington (weekly) ... Has taken part in many events with the UK Children's Hospital, Read Across America, Special Olympics and "Champ's Camp" youth football camp, along with other service activities (monthly)

  • Read books to children at Picadome Elementary

  • Volunteered for Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser (Big Brothers/Big Sisters), bowling and spending time with children who have cancer

  • Participated in an event at the Indian Summer Camp for children who are cancer survivors or currently have cancer

  • Chosen by the coaching staff to participate in a service/educational trip to Ethiopia in May of 2016, helping the locals build houses as well as shoe-shining boxes for men to be able to work and provide for their families

  • Also delivered food to impoverished families and visited with orphans and widows

  • One of his random acts of kindness was caught on camera as Courtney came to the rescue of a crippled man in a wheel chair by helping carry him down a set of stairs in the Ethiopia airport

  • Volunteered to serve as UK football’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative in 2016 and 2017

  • A transfer from Nebraska, he was also active there as well, earning a Student-Athlete Hero Leadership Award and being named to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team

"Courtney's impact on Kentucky's athletic department and community is remarkable. He is beloved by his advisors, professors, coaches, teammates and administrators because of his positive outlook on life, his commitment to being the best version of himself and his faith in others. His high character is evident through his community service work and how he handles his business daily. You can count on Courtney. Plain and simple. You need something done? Call Courtney. You need someone to volunteer? Call Courtney. You need someone to speak to a group? Courtney will be there. Courtney continually goes above and beyond in everything he does."


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