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Kentucky coach Mark Stoops will grace a Maker's Mark bottle for charity

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops will be the latest to grace the face of the 2014 Keeneland Maker's Mark bottle, which commemorates the opening week of Keeneland’s spring horseracing season.

Maker’s Mark is introducing 10,000 limited edition numbered bottles. The proceeds will benefit the Gill Heart Institute at UK Healthcare.

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"I'm certainly honored to be on the label of this year's bottle, especially with the proceeds helping to bring ever-better cardiac care to the people of Kentucky," Stoops said in a statement. "I've been here long enough to appreciate both the significance of the Gill Heart Institute's work and the unique role this commemorative bottle plays to help support it. I'm deeply grateful to Keeneland and Maker's Mark for making this happen."

The charity is special to Stoops whose father, Ron Stoops, died in 1988 of a heart attack shortly after coaching a high school game. He was 54 years old.

The bottle actually details Stoops' father and his promotion of cardiovascular disease awareness.

"Having tragically lost his father to a heart attack, Coach Stoops is strongly committed to the fight against cardiovascular disease, where proceeds of this year's bottle are being directed."

Previous bottles that benefitted the Gill Heart Institute included Tim Couch in 2012 and Dan Issel in 2013.

Bottles will go on sale in Kentucky on April 4.

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