Guilty football fans raised thousands of dollars to replace a car destroyed during a Kentucky Wildcats riot.
The National Football League is by far the most popular football league in America, but you can never ignore college football when it comes to having passionate fans. They’ll show everyone that just because you’re in your late teens or early twenties doesn’t mean you can’t flip a car.
Case in point, Saturday’s game between the University of Kentucky Wildcats and the University of Florida Gators. Historically, the Gators have been a dominant force in college football, and have defeated the Wildcats in particular every year for the past 31 years. That’s a long time to build up a grudge.
So when the Wildcats finally won the sportsball game 27-16, all hell broke loose.
Students didn’t break windows or get into fights, but there were a lot of them, and they were drunk, and they were rowdy. And unfortunately for Matt, his car was directly in their path.
Matt had parked his old white beater in front of his friend’s house to watch the game. After the win, he went outside to see rioters flipping his car not just once, but twice. It was already old, and after a few rough tumbles, Matt considered it a write-off.
The only problem was that Matt was a working student who needed a car to get to class and to work. And as a working student, he didn’t exactly have a lot of money to just go out and buy a replacement.
His mother, Amy Rademaker Given, started a GoFundMe to help raise funds to buy a replacement, playing off Wildcats fans’ guilt. “My son, Matt, [is an] equally a die-hard UK fan,” Given began. “I'm calling upon the UK community to rally together, again, in hopes of replacing his car.”
And rally they did. Lexington students raised $3,000 for Matt in a matter of days--although still short of their $5,000 goal.
But then, a stroke of luck. Local car dealership Big M Superstore heard about Matt’s sad story and decided to help him out by donating a shiny “new” 2004 Mazda 3. Mat and mom were both overjoyed.
In the end, Matt got a new car, while Big M Superstore got Matt’s old junker to do with as they please (ie. sell for scrap). As for everyone who donated, they all got a refund. All’s well that ends well, as they say.