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Kentucky to host telethon to raise proceeds for those affected by Superstorm Sandy

Nov 4, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

John Calipari

Two-plus years ago (January 2010) Kentucky head coach John Calipari organized a telethon to help out those affected by the earthquake that ravaged Haiti.

On Wednesday night Calipari and the Kentucky program will do the same, as players will work the phones to raise proceeds to help those in the Northeast who were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.

According to Calipari donations made by callers will be matched, and 100% of the proceeds raised will go directly to the Sandy relief efforts.

“We’ve got some great ideas of things to either bid on or give this amount of money,” said Calipari during the announcement according to the Associated Press.

“When we did it with Haiti, 70,000 calls came in and we couldn’t take them all. We could only take 2,000. So we’re going to hope to have it so that whoever calls in, that phone will be answered somewhere. This was devastating.”

According to the school release the telethon, which runs from 7 to 8 PM EST on Wednesday, will air on affiliates of the UK/IMG Sports Network as well as online at

And maybe this telethon will supply a ligher moment like this one involving former Wildcat DeMarcus Cousins during the Hoops for Haiti telethon.

For those who would like to donate at any time, the American Red Cross is accepting donations as well.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

  1. imforbigblue - Nov 4, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Al you Cal haters talk so much crap about Coach Cal, but this man raises millions for ppl in need, but i never hear anyone of you morons give him credit for that

  2. prov1x - Nov 5, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    Yeah, it’s all for those in need. A completely altruistic
    effort. Don’t mind those cameras, though, they’re just here to help.

    The guy knows no shame and when records are vacated he will be nowhere to be found.

  3. imforbigblue - Nov 5, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    Thanks for proving my point asshole

  4. gatordontplay - Nov 5, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    You forget to take your meds this morning imforbigblue?

  5. metalhead65 - Nov 5, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    combine what they raise along with the players giving up a couple weeks salary and calipari donating the proceeds from one of tv ads and they should raise a fortune!

  6. deerslayer47 - Nov 7, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Keep the comments coming Cal / Cat haters. It’s great to be on top! Go Cal and go Big Blue!!!

  7. imforbigblue - Nov 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    For the moron who said dont mind the cameras well dumbass how can they do a telethon with no cameras??

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