Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari has been named one of eight coaches who will receive the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Guardians of the Game Pillar Awards next month.
The Guardians of the Game Pillar Awards represent the NABC’s core values of advocacy, education, inclusion and leadership. Calipari is one of three coaches, alongside Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker and South Carolina head coach Frank Martin, who will receive the award for inclusion.
Calipari, Amaker and Martin are being honored for leading and launching the McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative, a coach-driven initiative to provide minorities a jump-start to their careers through practical experiences, opportunities to build their network, and instilling the values of John McLendon: integrity, education, leadership and mentorship.
Five other coaches will receive an NABC Guardians of the Game Pillar Award: Colorado head coach Tad Boyle for advocacy, Florida State head coach (and former Kentucky assistant coach) Leonard Hamilton for education, Michigan associate head coach Phil Martelli for leadership, and Saint Francis University head coach Rob Krimmel, and Georgia Tech assistant coach Eric Reveno for service.
The coaches will be honored April 2nd during the NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show. The show is the finale of the 2021 NABC Convention and will be conducted this year on a virtual platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NABC holds its convention each year in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Final Four. The show will be broadcast live April 2 on Stadium beginning at 6:30 pm ET.