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Calipari visiting UK fans to collect donations for tornado victims and autographs to honor Joe B. Hall

Calipari is collecting donations to help victims of the western Kentucky tornadoes. He’s also collecting autographs to honor the late Joe B. Hall.

John Calipari

To help provide relief to victims of the devastating tornadoes in western Kentucky this past December, Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari is partnering with Kroger in a five-stop autograph tour that will provide an opportunity for Kentuckians to support their friends in the western part of the state.

“Big Blue Nation is a family and there is nothing like it,” Calipari said in a press release. “When one of us is hurting, we are all hurting. When the tornadoes hit western Kentucky last year, we made a commitment as a program to not forget about the recovery and to be supportive for as long as it takes for them to get back on their feet. I appreciate Kroger stepping up and partnering with us on another opportunity to provide some relief to our friends in the western part of our state.”

Cal will make stops at Kroger locations in Louisville, London, Somerset, Georgetown and Morehead between July 12-16, signing autographs and taking photos with fans.

Fans are allowed to bring their own item to be autographed, but a limited number of special edition posters, designed specifically for this Kroger tour, will be available on-site, free of charge.

There will be no charge for autographs or pictures, but fans are asked to consider donating a gift card that can be given to those in need in western Kentucky and help them with the rising cost of gas, groceries, clothing, school supplies, etc.

Kroger’s Zero Hunger Zero Waste Foundation will also continue to accept donations that will go directly to local food banks.

Cal is also asking UK fans for their autographs. Last season, as a tribute to Joe B. Hall, Calipari carried a rolled-up program with him to the bench for every game, following Hall’s passing on January 15.

This season, Calipari intends to honor Hall in the same way, but has his own program with blank pages he hopes to fill with signatures and well wishes from fans across the state, so he can bring the passion of Big Blue Nation with him onto the bench for every game.

The program will be on-site at every Kroger location during Calipari’s stop and fans are encouraged to sign.

Below is info for each location.

Tuesday, July 12: Louisville

  • Kroger
  • 12450 LaGrange Road
  • Louisville, Kentucky 40245
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET

Wednesday, July 13: London

  • Kroger
  • 1732 West Highway 192
  • London, Ky 40741
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET

Thursday, July 14: Georgetown

  • Kroger
  • 106 Marketplace Circle
  • Georgetown, Ky 40324
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET

Friday, July 15: Somerset

  • Kroger
  • 50 Stonegate Center
  • Somerset, Ky 42501
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET

Saturday, July 16: Morehead

  • Kroger
  • 300 Kroger Center
  • Morehead, Ky 40351
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm ET