93.7 the Fan—In honor of his father, Moon native John Calipari is helping out those in his Lexington, Kentucky home. The Wildcats basketball coach is working with local grocery chain Kroger to help 400 families with groceries.
The program will last for four weeks and Calipari is asking others to join in for a goal of helping 1,000 Fayette County, Kentucky families.
“My dad was 55 when he got laid off from the airline industry,” Calipari said from his home on Tuesday. “He was a fueler for the airplanes, and at age 55, you no longer have a job. He went part time for three years trying to build himself back.”
“I know what my mother and father went through when that happened.”
Calipari once allowed his team to play a road NIT game at Robert Morris to help his old community, a game Kentucky would lose and it created an all-time moment for his hometown university.
“I'll give you another one,” Calipari said of ways to help. “If you're someone who does eat out and you get a certain server all the time, maybe find out from the manager that server's address and maybe send them a little thing that they know, 'Hey, man, sorry you're going through this.'”
Calipari later saw news of his former player, Karl-Anthony Towns, saying his mother is in a coma, likely from health issues from COVID-19.
“We are all responsible for ourselves,” Calipari said. “Stay in your house. Wash your hands.”
“If you go out, which you should – walking around, exercising a little bit – six feet from everyone.”
“The other part of this then becomes, all right, now that I'm taking care of myself and I'm taking care of my family, what else can I do to help this situation and help others? It may start with helping a neighbor.”