Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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June 23, 2014

Former Louisville star visits Glasgow

GLASGOW — Peyton Siva was in Glasgow on Monday morning to deliver the message of how important the boys and girls club was for him.

Siva, a former University of Louisville basketball player and native of Seattle, Wash., grew up attending his local boys and girls club. He started going there to play basketball, but found other programs that helped him in middle school and high school.

“The Boys and Girls Club gave me an outlet to do better in life,” he told children at the Boys and Girls Club of Glasgow-Barren County, Houchens Unit, at the club’s location on Bunche Avenue.

The former Cardinals guard and present member of the National Basketball Association’s Detroit Pistons came to the boys and girls club by way of a charity auction won by Patrick Gaunce and a few other people during the Holiday Bash in Bowling Green in December. The bash is a fundraiser for 14 charities in southern Kentucky.

“We felt like this would be a really good fit since Peyton was a boys and girls club member,” Gaunce said. “I felt like there was no better way than somebody that had been through the boys and girls club and had reached success in life.”

Paula Kirby, who coordinates the Holiday Bash, said she had exchanged doing Siva’s wedding with him for volunteering to be auctioned during the annual fundraiser.

“Part of the day was he would come to the boys and girls club and he would hang out with five kids for the day. They would get to learn what it’s like to be Peyton Siva,” Kirby said.

She said while working on planning Siva’s wedding in Louisville, she learned that he was universally liked in the city.

“Everywhere we went, everyone loved him,” Kirby said. “They talked about what a moral example he was; what a role model he was.”

Gaunce wouldn’t say how much it cost to get Siva, but said, “It’s not very expensive for the benefit the kids get.”

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