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John Calipari accepts Naismith Hall of Fame Service Above Self Award

Photo by Bob Blanchard with RJB Sports

Photo by Bob Blanchard with RJB Sports

John Calipari was back at the Naismith Hall of Fame yesterday to accept the Service Above Self Award for his charitable efforts. Cal was honored alongside Jeb Belise, a longtime West Springfield resident whose family business has displayed a longstanding commitment to community service.

“We’re very pleased to be recognizing Jeb Balise and John Calipari for their outstanding philanthropic work and service to others,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “On a regional, national and even global scale, their impact can be seen and felt.”

In addition to helping 46 players get drafted by the NBA during his career, Calipari has raised millions of dollars for those in need through telethons for natural disaster relief, his annual fantasy camp, and The Calipari Foundation. Calipari’s a great coach — a Hall of Famer, in fact — but his philanthropic efforts make him an even better person.

Photo by Bob Blanchard with RJB Sports


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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2 Comments for John Calipari accepts Naismith Hall of Fame Service Above Self Award

  1. J. Did
    3:14 pm November 16, 2018 Permalink

    This is an important award.

    I am not sure that us fans realize it or not, but Coach CAL attends mass – not just every Sunday – but daily. WOW.

    Coach CAL is all about Service above Self.


    • bigbluebanana
      3:40 pm November 16, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah, but we haven’t gone 40-0 yet. We haven’t had an average win margin above 30 yet. We haven’t won the championship every year. He teaches kids to be selfish so they leave to go make money for themselves and their families like entitled little brats. And now he’s even slipping so bad in recruiting that we often only pull in a number 2 class yearly. I doubt he even factors in what we say in these forums, even though it’s obvious we are more equipped to coach UK than him because by gawd, we grew up watching UK on tape delay after the news…I think we know how to win championships.