UK's Delk Speaks in Marshall Co., Teams with IMAC
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH,KY - A legendary UK basketball player stopped in western Kentucky on Friday.

Tony Delk was in Paducah to announce his partnership with IMAC, a Paducah-based chain of regeneration clinics. Delk has partnered with IMAC owner Dr. Matt Wallis to open the Tony Delk IMAC Center in Lexington.

"I'm excited. I'm humbled and honored that Matt would want to name something after me," Delk said, adding that he never thought his name would be on anything not related to basketball.

Delk said he is proud of the work Dr. Wallis is doing as the owner of IMAC Regeneration Centers, with six clinics across the country. He likes the direction the clinics are headed as they help patients live healthier lives. 

"He's doing a great thing for many many people. He shows he cares," Delk said. "When you can have all this regeneration under one roof, really, it's going to bring more people out and show them how important it is to use the stem cells."

Delk also used the opportunity to give back. Before arriving in Paducah, he stopped at Marshall County High School and spoke to student athletes. 

"I just tried to let them know everybody is going to mourn differently," Delk said. He also talked to the students about how to feel safe at school.

You can hear the entire interview with Tony Delk at the link below.

Friday's event also served as a fundraiser for the victims of the Marshall County shooting and and their families. IMAC held a silent auction for three limited-edition Marshall Strong basketballs with Delk's picture and autograph. Laura Fristoe of IMAC was responsible for the fundraising efforts, and said the event with Delk was planned before the tragedy at Marshall County.

"We talked to Tony about it, and he really felt passionate about wanting to go in and talk to the students," Fristoe said.

She said that 23 basketballs were provided - one to represent each victim, and they are signed and numbered. Three of them were auctioned at Friday's event, which raised $1,346 to go to the Marshall Strong victims fund. 

Fristoe said the other 20 basketballs were given to Marshall County High School to be used as they see fit.

Delk played for the University of Kentucky from 1992-1996, and his number 00 has since been retired and hangs in the rafters at Rupp Arena.

After graduating the University of Kentucky, Delk played for the NBA. He was picked in the 1996 draft by the Charlotte Hornets, and was later traded with Muggsy Bogues to the Golden State Warriors for B. J. Armstrong. After leaving the NBA, Delk served as an assistant coach at UK from 2009-2011 and has also served as a commentator for the SEC network.

IMAC centers treat degenerative health conditions including arthritis, herniated or bulging discs, knee or rotator cuff injuries, or tendonitis. They use chiropractors, physical therapists, doctors and recent medical innovations like stem cells and platelet-rich plasma to treat many patients, usually without surgery. Patients can come to one facility to get the care they need instead of having to go to several different appointments all over town. 

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Published 11:07 PM, Friday Feb. 09, 2018
Updated 12:24 AM, Saturday Feb. 10, 2018

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