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Calipari Gets Inspirational

Calipari speaking for the Clinton Global Initiative

When it comes to grabbing the mic and dropping some hopeful and inspirational messages, Coach Cal is one of the best. And in the coaching world, I don’t think there’s another who even comes close. Today, Cal spoke on a livestream for the Clinton Global Initiative and riffed on hope and inspiration, showing how people in powerful positions (even if in the sports realm) can aid the world. Check out a couple quotes from the speech below…

Cal sums up one of his most important philosophies, which truly shows why he is a players first coach in the best sense:

“I don’t think I’m in the basketball business. I think I’m in the business of helping families break generational cycles.”

He quotes Mother Theresa on poverty:

“The true definition of poverty is living without hope.”

On the importance of keeping your contributions continuing and playing to your strengths, whether it be as a lawyer, fundraiser, etc:

“Do not go into a town or an area for two days and think you did something. It has to be on-going.”

“The other part of that is what I try to teach my basketball team: I want them to play to their strengths. What do they do well?”

On measuring success with real, tangible improvements and not just ‘helping’ to make yourself feel good:

“I don’t like getting involved where there’s no scoreboard. We need to know that there’s a scoreboard.”

Per usual, Calipari got on the stage and killed it by connected with the crowd on some important issues and seeming so selfless. Seeming selfless is surely a pretty difficult task to do when you’ve had one of the best years in coaching history.

Article written by Chris Thomas

7 Comments for Calipari Gets Inspirational

  1. Enes
    5:24 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Did I read the other day that Cal gave a championship ring to Clinton?

  2. JokersFantasyCamp
    5:38 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    For those who prefer getting involved when there isn’t a scoreboard.

  3. Sean
    6:24 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Does anyone have a link to the video?

  4. shields eyes
    7:35 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Somebody, quick get a capture of the photo of Cal with Jenna Bush.

  5. BBB
    8:24 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Our football team is living in poverty……no hope. Fire choker!!!!!

  6. SKat
    9:04 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

  7. UK Nannie
    11:01 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Chris, I, too, watched Coach Cal’s speech today and I totally agree with everything you wrote. It is so sad that others choose to joke about these important initiatives. I was so proud of Coach Cal today as he stood on a global platform to reveal that there is more to his life than basketball.