Local radio host helps children of incarcerated parents attend UT game

KNOXVILLE (Tenn.) WVLT– “It is a touching thing,” Tony Basilio said during his Thursday broadcast. “And isn’t that the great thing about college football.”

He’s going from an on air personality, to helping less fortunate kids experience the Volunteer spirit at this weekend’s game against UMass.

“I would say most of the kids in our program have never been to a UT football game or much else a tailgate,” Kathryn Compeau, with Amachi, said. “They probably don’t even know what it is.”

Amachi helps hundreds of children whose parents are behind bars by connecting them with community mentors to get them out of the house. “And really just developing a friendship with the kids,” Compeau said.

With help from Tony Basilio fans and Vol die-hards, the organization rallied up more than 250 tickets for the kids to come to the UMass game on Saturday.

Basilio said, “It’s the togetherness. That’s what matters. The winning and the losing. The winning happens, the losing, God knows we know that here, the losing happens. But togetherness, the fellowship is what matters.”

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