Cheerleading team photo

Kim with the 2021-2022 UK Cheerleading team

The University of Kentucky is where the best and brightest come to cheer. Kimberly Calvert Doheny, Class of 1984, intends to help keep it that way.

“As faithful Wildcats, we are honored to assist the UK Cheerleading program and pleased to play a role in keeping it the best in the nation,” says Kim Doheny.

Doheny and her husband have established the Edward and Kimberly Calvert Doheny Cheerleading Coach Endowment. The endowment, the first of its kind at UK, will support the head cheerleading coaches as they lead the country’s winningest program to its 25th national championship and beyond.

A former Kentucky Junior Miss, 1980, and an instructor for the Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA), Doheny chose the University of Kentucky to make her dream come true.

Group photo of summer trip to Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan Summer 1982 from left to right, second row: TommiAnne Puliam ’83, Julie Billington ’84, Coach Joe B. Hall, Lisa Perkins Ely ‘84, Kim Calvert Doheny ’84, Mona Wilson Bond ’83, Leslie Davis Lenz ‘83

Doheny was part of the cheerleading program from 1981–1983. During the summer of 1982, UK represented Team USA in the Kirin World Basketball Tournament in Tokyo, Japan. The squad of six traveled with the men’s basketball team for five weeks throughout Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong. “We were proud to be ambassadors for the University of Kentucky and the United States for promotional events,” Doheny said.

Doheny graduated in 1984 and moved for work to Paducah, Kentucky, where she met her husband, Ted. Kim had a successful career in endoscopic surgical sales at Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a division of Johnson & Johnson.

Doheny family photo

Kim and Ted with son Tripp

In 1997, Kim and Ted, along with their infant son, Tripp, moved from Paducah to Milan, Italy, for three years due to Ted’s job at Ingersoll-Rand. Kim left Johnson & Johnson when the family moved to Italy and refocused her time on family, various charitable interests and business ventures, including ownership of Component Wine.

In 2015, Tripp received the prestigious Kentucky Heritage Scholarship and was accepted into the Social Enterprise Scholars Honors Program within the Gatton College of Business and Economics. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2019 with dual degrees in economics and marketing. He is now working in the Future Finance Leaders Program with Honeywell in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ted is a converted UK supporter by business experiences, marriage and many UK friends. He has contributed to UK Engineering and UK Basketball, including the Wildcat Coal Lodge. The Dohenys are proud to ensure UK will continue its legacy of excellence in cheer—now and in the future.