• Improving Lives

    The foundation’s goal is to improve the quality of life both in and through these communities, with a particular focus on enriching the lives of children.

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  • The Calipari Foundation

    The Calipari Foundation invests in communities. These communities are not limited by geography — they can also be educational, social, and spiritual in nature.

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How We Are Doing

Below are a few quotes from our partners and grant recipients.

“As a longtime friend and associate of Coach Cal, I am proud to say we have spread basketball on four different continents together; but I am even more proud to let people know how truly others-oriented John is.  He uses his great capacity as an ideas man not only for basketball but also to serve others however he can.  He has the same passion to help others that he has for his players on the court.  He never ceases to think of how he can help those who are in need.  You can be sure that the highest possible percentage of money taken in goes out to others in need physically, spiritually or emotionally." –  Del Harris, former NBA coach and current general manager of the Texas Legends, an NBA D-League team


“Since first partnering with the American Red Cross on “Hoops for Haiti” in 2010, Coach Calipari and his foundation have helped to generate over $2.5 million for disaster victims locally, nationally and internationally.  Together we have come to the aid of thousands and thousands of people.” – Winn Stephens, Director of Development at the American Red Cross, Bluegrass Region


“The support and partnership we’ve been honored to have with Coach Cal and his foundation have truly been a blessing for Samaritan’s Feet and the thousands of children that we’ve provided shoes and hope for in the Big Blue Nation footprint. We look forward to many more opportunities to impact those in need through his friendship and generosity.” – Manny Ohonme, founder and CEO of Samaritan’s Feet International


“4 Paws for Ability is honored and humbled to have been chosen as a charity recipient two years in a row by The Calipari Foundation. Because of this incredible generosity, we are able to provide five service dogs to veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan that have lost the use of a limb or have a hearing impairment. Thank you for helping us in our mission to take the "dis" out of disability.”  – Kelly Camm, Development Director of 4 Paws for Ability, Inc.


“I have been impressed with Coach Calipari’s mission and commitment to improve the quality of life for many individuals. Whether the need is in Haiti, or in downtown Memphis or Lexington, he is using his influence and notoriety to positively impact communities on many levels. His concern for others, and his generosity of time, talent and resources distinguish him as a true philanthropist.” – Mike Richey, Vice President for Development and Chief Development Officer, University of Kentucky