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Coach Cal and the Wildcats partner with charity to deliver new shoes

CAMPTON, Ky (WKYT) - It was almost like the circus came to town as Coach John Calipari and the UK men's basketball team entered the gym at Campton Elementary Tuesday morning.

"I was kind of nervous because I couldn't wait to meet the team," said sixth grader Christin Pelfrey.

Pelfrey wasn't the only person excited to meet the team, as staff members, parents, and volunteers came out to take pictures and shake hands.

The event was part of John Calapari's work with Samaritan's Feet, a global charity that's given shoes to millions of children across the world.

"Fame is fleeting, money has wings, but when you're in a position to reach back and help I'm just wanting these players to know that you do," Calipari said.

Everyone involved got their hands wet, washing the feet of more than five-hundred children. Each child was then given a clean pair of socks and a new pair of shoes.

"Just how much such a little thing can touch so many lives, just by coming here washing their feet and putting shoes on them is probably going to make their day," said UK guard Julius Mays.

"Jesus washed all his disciples feet so it's a really cool experience. I know they were excited for it and so were we," said junior Jarrod Polson.

The founder of Samaritan's Feet was in Campton for the event. He says having such popular figures serving these kids can leave a lasting impression.

"They are the ones that it's all about today and those people can say you are special and you are somebody," Manny Ohomme said.

Over the past nine years the organization has given shoes to more than four million children.


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