Few do more work off the hardwood than Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari.
Monday, Calipari announced on his “Coffee with Cal” show a plan to launch an executive development program for minorities in the athletics department at UK.
“I want leaders in this thing, minority leaders to come in and say, ‘Look, I want this opportunity,’” Calipari stated. “I look at this and say, our athletic departments need to start looking different so that coaches can start looking different, so ADs (athletic directors) can start looking different. Maybe the Board of Trustees starts looking different, those presidents start looking different, which changes the whole dynamic of what we are dealing with.”
Calipari admitted he feels helpless in helping end the police brutality plaguing America and fixing the criminal justice system, but that he does have the power to create equal access and opportunities for persons of color.
“Creating access and opportunity. Creating hope,” said Calipari. “That you have a chance if you work and you do your thing, there are things out there for you. I want to start, and I proposed this to our school, an internship program, an executive development program for minorities in athletics.”
The latest episode of “Coffee with Cal” featuring former Wildcat Reid Travis, former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo and Harvard Crimson men’s basketball head coach Tommy Amaker can be found below.
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