(8-17-22) On Wednesday the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) declined to give approval to the planned participation of two Kentucky high school basketball stars in a charity fundraiser game in Lexington that would help raise funds for Eastern Kentucky flood relief.

The Midwest Charity Classic was created as a nationally televised game that will be hosted by ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg at 8 p.m. on August 27th at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington, with a list of high school stars committed to the event.

Two 2023 UK commits Robert Dillingham and Reed Sheppard will not be given waivers to play, several other out-of-state top 2023 and 2024 recruits are listed to play such as Xavier Booker (Michigan State commit), Kaleb Glenn (Louisville commit), and Travis Perry, a point guard from Lyon County with a scholarship offer from the Kentucky.

Proceeds from the game were to go toward the Kentucky Flood Relief fund of the American Red Cross, with tickets available starting at $25.

The KHSAA released the following statement on social media.

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Kentucky-based players set to play in the game will not receive waivers from the KHSAA and won’t be able to participate.