The footage coming out of Texas of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is devastating, and John Calipari is ready to help. Late last night, Cal announced that Kentucky will help host a disaster-relief telethon on Sunday to raise money for the victims of the storm, which has ravaged the Houston area.
“Can’t stop thinking about everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey,” Cal tweeted. “We’re working to partner with and [the American] for a telethon Sunday. We will have more details later. For now, let’s keep everyone in Texas in our prayers.”
Yesterday, UK shipped out several t-shirts and pairs of shoes to University of Houston head basketball coach Kelvin Sampson, and on Friday at the Alumni Game, Calipari pledged $150,000 to the American Red Cross for Harvey relief. On Monday, he told reporters that Jarred Vanderbilt’s family, who lives is Houston, is safe in Austin and he’s reached out to the families of his former players from the area, such as De’Aaron Fox, the Harrison Twins, and Marcus Camby.
“I’m waiting to hear,” Calipari said. “It looks like it’s just going to get worse too. You see the flooding and that stuff. It’s just… ugh. The worst part of this will be when the flooding recedes and those houses are all – if you don’t get back in there and deal with the mold, you might as well tear down the house. And let’s be real: Who are going to be affected by this the most? Poor people. No question. So here they are – they don’t have money to tear down walls and do that stuff. They’re probably in low-lying areas, just like in New Orleans.”
Calipari has hosted two disaster-relief telethons during his time at Kentucky, one after the deadly earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and another in 2012 following Hurricane Sandy. If those are any indication, southeast Texas has a big wave of relief coming from the Big Blue Nation.