Last weekend, John Calipari and Jarred Vanderbilt traveled to Houston, where they met up with the Harrison twins and their families to deliver aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey. Vanderbilt and the Harrison twins are Houston natives, and being able to join Calipari at an American Red Cross shelter to give back to their hometown obviously meant a lot.
“It feels great to come back to the city I was raised in,” Vanderbilt said. “Just to see the sun back shining in my city is a great feeling.”
This morning, KyWildcatsTV released a behind-the-scenes video of the visit, which shows Cal and Vanderbilt interacting with volunteers:
On September 3, Calipari and the team partnered with WKYT and Joe and Kelly Craft to raise over $1 million for disaster relief in the “Teaming up for Texas” telethon. That’s incredible, but Calipari told volunteers it was important for him to come Houston to deliver the aid in person.
“It’s such honorable work, and I imagine you feel good every night you go home,” Calipari said. “Like, you’re exhausted, but you’re helping. We’re just here kind of watching and looking, and trying to take stuff back to Kentucky to say your money was well invested, and we believe that in all the events we’ve done with American Red Cross. It’s about you people.”
Cool stuff. For more on the visit, check out CoachCal.com.