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John Calipari Nominated for Positive Peace Award

University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari has been nominated for the 2010 United Nations Positive Peace Awards in the "Coach" category.

Taken from the UK press release: About Positive Peace -- "Positive Peace, in coordination with the United Nations and its non-government organizations like, Rotary International, Sister Cities International, and Pathways to Peace provides a platform to recognize communities, businesses, schools, athletes, and entertainers for the positive work to make a difference in the world.  Celebrate Positive has created a destination website that provides inspirational news from around the world as well as efforts being made by the United Nations to promote Peace globally."

The following comes from the University of Kentucky press release regarding Cal's nomination:

"From day one when John Calipari arrived on our campus, he embraced the Commonwealth," University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart said. "Everyone that has spent any time with Cal knows he has a heart of gold and both he and his wife Ellen care about children. He helped raise over a million dollars in the Hoops for Haiti telethon and didn’t stop there by involving his team with Samaritan’s feet and their cause after a trip to Haiti.  We are extremely proud to have him as a representative of our program."

"Celebrate Positive congratulates John Calipari for exemplifying what giving back to the community means" said Scott Pederson, President and CEO, Celebrate Positive. "Coach Calipari’s positive impact goes beyond the Kentucky basketball community. His concern for the international community is well documented".  

Calipari was nominated by Samaritan's Feet where he not only helped deliver shoes in June to orphans in Haiti, but washed the feet of the orphans before putting new shoes on their feet. In August, the two-time Coach of the Year also set an example for his players and staff who joined him in washing the feet of children in need at a shoe distribution in Detroit, followed by leading the kids in basketball drills.

"Coach Calipari has used his platform to call attention to the plight of the millions of children around the world who suffer from infection, disease and even death due to a lack of proper footwear", said Todd Melloch, Director of Marketing for Samaritan's Feet. "He recently went barefoot during the National Anthem at a Kentucky basketball game to encourage UK fans and students to support Samaritan’s Feet."

Congratulations, Coach, it's a much-deserved honor.

Thanks for reading and Go 'Cats.