Members of the University of Kentucky football team created this GoFundMe page to help linebacker Chris Oats, who has been battling a serious medical condition since May of 2020, pay for his mounting medical bills. Our new goal is to also raise enough money to buy Chris a wheelchair accessible van! Anything helps! Spread the word!
Chris has been kicking butt in rehab and his progress is really starting to show. A new van will help him get to and from rehab more consistently.
Chris is a 21-year-old native of Cincinnati where he attended Winton Woods High School. His major at UK is community and leadership development, and he is the son of Kem Gamble. His siblings are Aliyah, Ke’airra, Kelain, Willie and Mikele.
As a sophomore linebacker in 2019, Chris played in 12 games and had two starting assignments. He was fifth on the team in tackles with 46, and he added 2.5 tackles for loss, one pass breakup, and one forced fumble.
In 2020, we honored Chris each week by rotating Chris’ No. 22 jersey each game. We are doing it again in 2021 so look out for No. 22!
Other ways we are honoring Chris is by wearing #22OATSSTRONG wristbands to show our support and we conclude each team practice with “22!”
Thank you for the support of our teammate/brother/friend, Chris Oats. We love you, Deuce Deuce!