LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2015) – They call him a “dream maker,” but his dream weaving stretches far beyond the young players he turns into champions. As one of college basketball’s most successful coaches, John Calipari of the University of Kentucky has leveraged his power of influence for charitable endeavors, while inspiring countless other people to join him in his good works. For this reason, Alltech will be honoring Calipari with its prestigious Humanitarian Award during the Alltech REBELation, a conference exploring innovation, inspiration and world-changing ideas in Lexington, Ky., May 17-20.
The Humanitarian Award is bestowed annually to someone of strong character, who uses their accomplishments to positively influence and inspire other people. Previous honorees include Lopez Lomong, a Lost Boy of Sudan who became a two-time Olympic athlete and founder of the Lopez Lomong Foundation, and Ronan Tynan, a Paralympic athlete, physician and singer noted for being one of the Irish Tenors.
On Wednesday, May 20, Calipari will be sharing his insights on team building and leadership with the international attendees at the closing session of the Alltech REBELation. A “players-first” coach with a penchant for helping people reach their dreams, John Calipari has guided six college basketball teams to the Final Four, led one to a national championship and helped 31 players make it to the NBA during his 22-year college coaching career. He is one of only two coaches to lead three different universities to a Final Four.
Calipari became the first coach in University of Kentucky history to receive the Adolph Rupp National Coach of the Year award. In his inaugural season as head coach of the Wildcats, he posted his fifth straight 30-win season, the only coach in NCAA Division I history to do so. He has been named the Associated Press SEC Coach of the Year, Sports Illustrated National Coach of the Year and holds numerous records for wins.
His charitable foundation, The Calipari Foundation, has raised millions in funds to help those in need in Kentucky and across the U.S. In 2010, his telethon “Hoops for Haiti” raised more than $1 million for victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Another telethon organized by Calipari in 2012 raised $1 million for victims of Superstorm Sandy. The Calipari Foundation has also worked with and donated money to Samaritan’s Feet, the West Liberty Recovery Fund, 4 Paws for Ability, the Starkey Hearing Foundation, the Urban League of Lexington and the V Foundation.
He has also led the EverFi Financial Literacy program, which teaches students about money management. He is the author of New York Times bestseller, “Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out” and “Bounce Back: Overcoming Setbacks to Succeed in Business and in Life.”
Registration for the Alltech REBELation is open now. For more information, or to request an invitation, contact a local Alltech representative, visit rebel.alltech.com or email [email protected] Join the conversation on Twitter with #REBELation.