Father Jim Sichko is paying it forward with help from Pope Francis. The missionary of mercy from central Kentucky visited the Vatican in December 2021. He gave the pope a basketball with a message from UK coach John Calipari and a 1995 bottle of Buffalo Trace bourbon.
The pope did not keep the gifts so Father Jim auctioned them off for charity. The auction raised a total of $16,698. All of the money will be donated to tornado relief efforts in Mayfield.