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

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Coach John Calipari Partners With The McLendon Foundation to Help Launch McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative
Jul 13, 2020

CLEVELAND; July 13, 2020 – University of Kentucky Head Men’s Basketball Coach John Calipari, along with Harvard Head Coach Tommy Amaker, 35 other collegiate head coaches and the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation (“McLendon Foundation... Read More

The Calipari Foundation and Kroger Partner with Fayette County Schools to Provide Nutritional Support during COVID-19 School Closures
Mar 24, 2020

March 24, 2020 – In partnership with Kroger, the Calipari Foundation has teamed up with Fayette County Public Schools to help families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The partnership will assist families by providing food during school closures across Fayette County. Using... Read More

Calipari providing financial assistance to federal employees
Jan 17, 2019

Over 400 furloughed federal employees in Fayette County and the Lexington area are receiving financial assistance from the Calipari Foundation, who has partnered with REACH and Kroger to support families during the government shutdown. 

The news was broken by Candice, a federal prison... Read More

Jan 13, 2017

If you were tasked with providing a succinct job description for the position Head Coach, Men’s Basketball, University of Kentucky, your wording may read like this:

“To find and develop players. To win games. And to keep an energetic fan base…energized.”

That description... Read More

Trifecta, The Calipari Foundation team up on new website
Feb 19, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Calipari Foundation (“TCF”) and Trifecta officially announced today their partnership in developing TCF’s website, which has been live since late 2014. In addition to launching the website on behalf of TCF, the first such... Read More

Motorcycle raffle to benefit Calipari Foundation, Trooper Project
Feb 17, 2015

The Calipari Foundation has partnered with Man O’ War Harley-Davidson® and the Trooper Project in an effort to raise money for two great causes.

With the purchase of a $10 ticket, fans will be entered into a raffle to win the ultimate University of Kentucky basketball motorcycle signed by... Read More

Calipari Foundation announces inaugural ‘Comedy Mania’ benefit concert
Aug 29, 2014

John Calipari and the Calipari Foundation have joined with Global Sports Aid Network and Samaritan’s Feet for a benefit effort entitled “Comedy Mania” to be held at Rupp Arena in Lexington on Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Billed as a “night of fun for the whole family,” the event will feature... Read More

Cats give hope at Samaritan’s Feet distribution, gain perspective in return
Aug 15, 2014

NASSAU, Bahamas — John Calipari’s hope in taking his players to do a community service activity with Samaritan’s Feet in the Bahamas was to teach them about servant leadership and provide them with a firsthand lesson in what they can do to help others in the position they’re in.

“I want... Read More

Farmers Bank, Calipari Family Foundation bring financial literacy to six school districts
Feb 05, 2014

Farmers National Bank and the Calipari Family Foundation are beginning their second year of initiatives to bring financial literacy education to students across six school districts in Kentucky by providing them with access to the Vault – Understanding Money learning course.

This web-... Read More

Wildcats to Host Telethon for Superstorm Sandy Victims
Dec 04, 2013

Two days before opening the season in Brooklyn, N.Y., John Calipari and his Kentucky basketball team, in conjunction with WKYT, will host a telethon to help raise money for victims of Superstorm Sandy. Brooklyn was hit particularly hard by the storm’s path.

“This was devastating,”... Read More

Bid on Coach Cal’s Memorabilia
May 16, 2013

John Calipari is cleaning out his office and home, and he wants the Big Blue Nation and charity to benefit from it.

Starting today, Coach Cal is going to auction off at least one piece of signed memorabilia a month online. The full proceeds from each auction will go straight to his... Read More

Cal and the Cats Give Back for the Holiday Season
Dec 18, 2012

John Calipari has often said that he doesn’t think of himself as a basketball coach anymore, but rather a leader of young men.

On Tuesday morning in Campton, Ky., a rural town in Wolfe County, Coach Cal gave his players a different lesson in leadership while giving back to those in need... Read More

‘Rebounding from Sandy’ Telethon Raises Hundreds of Thousands for Relief Effort
Nov 07, 2012

With 48 hours before the official start of Kentucky’s national title defense against Maryland, the places you would expect to find John Calipari’s Wildcats would have been resting in their beds, the practice gym or the film room.

Instead, they took a 15-­‐minute drive down Winchester Road... Read More

Let’s Show the Northeast That #BBNCares
Nov 06, 2012

Big Blue Nation, we need your help. Brooklyn needs your help. The East Coast needs your help. I need your help.

Last week, the Northeast was hit by Superstorm Sandy, tearing up homes, wrecking communities and destroying people’s way of life. As I sat and watched the devastation last week... Read More

Calipari, Alltech Try to Bring Hope to Haiti with ‘Title Town’ Fundraiser
Sep 27, 2012

Speaking last weekend at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, John Calipari wondered if the more than $1 million he, WKYT and UK Athletics raised during a 2010 telethon would have a lasting effect on those who were devastated by the earthquake in Haiti.

Calipari said the money that... Read More