June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari (middle) greets former players Anthony Davis (left) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (right) before the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

John Calipari Is More Than A College Basketball Coach

When John Calipari’s named is mentioned, you think of championships, great coaching, etc. That’s isn’t what he is all about. Coach Calipari also prides himself in helping less fortunate people through charity events.

Last year during the NBA Lockout, we enjoyed some exhibition basketball with alumni from UK. As you may recall, there was a piratical “Heroes VS. Villains” game. The opposing time was coached by the immortal Christian Laettner.

This game will be tied in with the John Calipari Fantasy Experience. Derek Anderson, Anthony Epps, Walter McCarty, Jared Prickett, Jeff Sheppard, Wayne Turner, Tony Delk, and Antoine Walker will be around for a 1996 showdown. The University of Kentucky said that all of the proceeds will go to charity.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should know that Coach Calipari has been involved in other charity events in the past. Who can forget the Haiti telethon that raised $1 million  dollars in 90 minutes.

That Haiti telethon even created another miracle. Pete Thamel  wrote an article that wasn’t anti-Kentucky.

Who can forget those great moments? DeMarcus Cousins making a random baby laugh, and John Calipari doing the John Wall dance. There isn’t anything negative about raising money for charity.

For all of those Calipari-haters out there, he is not a bad guy or villain, like many have perceived him as. There is barely a day that goes buy, that you don’t hear something positive that Calipari is doing for someone else.

This belatedly proves that Calipari is more than a basketball coach. He is someone that deserves to be admired by many. Be on the lookout for more things that will have everyone buzzing, that does not have to do with the game of basketball.



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