Tim Couch returns to help out heart care in Eastern Kentucky
UK HealthCare welcomed a Wildcats legend back to campus recently.
Tim Couch, a native of Hyden, Ky., and UK's quarterback from 1996-98,
was here to unveil a special bottle of Maker's Mark that he helped
It's the 16th year that Maker's Mark has joined with
Keeneland Race Course to produce a commemorative bottle to benefit a
charitable organization. This year, proceeds from the bottle sales will
help UK HealthCare's Gill Heart Institute improve heart care in Eastern Kentucky.
Tim's father died of heart disease, and in Kentucky nearly one in four deaths is tied to heart disease.
That's why, Tim said, he was grateful for the opportunity not only to
be commemorated on a bottle of Maker's Mark, but also to help out a
Nick Nicholson, president and CEO of Keeneland, said Tim, who still
holds school records for most passing yards in a season and career
completion percentage, recommended that the proceeds benefit his native
Maker's Mark will produce 20,000 of the special bottles. They will go
on sale April 6, the first day of Keeneland's spring meet. And Tim will
be at Keeneland on April 13 for a special bottle signing.
On our Facebook page, you can view a video of Tim discussing the collaboration with Nicholson and Maker's Mark chief operating officer Rob Samuels.
Dr. Susan Smyth and Dr. Alison Bailey join Tim Couch and his wife for a picture.
Tim Couch holding his commemorative bottle.