Kentucky to the World nonprofit expanding to Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-How do you teach the world about the amazing people and achievements of Kentucky?

A local nonprofit says the answer is in the cards.

“How do we tell those stories to a national and international audience and help people understand how the Kentucky roots of these folks play a part in who they are and what they’ve done?” said Kentucky to the World Board Member Sam Ford. 

Shelly Zegart created the nonprofit Kentucky to the World in Louisville ten years ago. One of their biggest projects to date is a card deck of people who were born in Kentucky that went on to achieve great things. 

“The goal of these cards is for people to be able to look through them and say I didn’t know she was from Kentucky or I didn’t realize we have a Kentuckian who won a Nobel Prize or achieved this great thing,” said Ford.

A few of them even from Warren County. 

“A great example would be John Carpenter right here from Bowling Green, creator of the Halloween franchise,” said Ford. 

But the Kentuckians on the cards aren’t the only ones achieving big things. Kentucky to the World is expanding to Bowling Green.

“Bowling Green is where it’s all happening,” said Zegart, who is also the President and CEO. 

The organization’s new office is in the WKU Innovation Campus’ Collab Smart Space. 

“We can create new content in the space. We can be part of an ever growing group of creatives,” said Zegart. 

A creative force that they hope inspires other Kentuckians to shoot for the stars and dream big. 

“How can you become one of those people who can be in that deck of cards?” said Ford.