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Coach Cal, KSR help raise money for West Liberty

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email
Tens of thousands of dollars were raised in West Liberty Friday to help with recovery efforts from the March 2nd tornadoes.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari speaks during a news conference for the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2012, in New Orleans. Kentucky plays Kansas in the championship game Monday night. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tens of thousands of dollars were raised in West Liberty Friday to help with recovery efforts from the March 2nd tornadoes.

Hundreds came out to the event Friday morning to see a live broadcast of Kentucky Sports Radio and to meet Coach John Calipari.

They came out dressed in blue to see the coach and get autographs.

"Pretty much the biggest icon in the state is here to help raise money and awareness. It's awesome," said Morgan County resident Robert Purvis.

The folks at Kentucky Sports Radio and Coach Cal say they do not want the people of Morgan County to be forgotten.

"This is a big day, but will people keep thinking about this on Monday? I know what I will do, I will keep bringing it up," said Matt Jones with Kentucky Sports Radio.

"We will all come in in the first week, we will all do stuff, we'll take our pictures and then we will leave. And they are here, and they need more help," said Coach Cal.

This was Coach Cal's first visit to West Liberty since the tornado hit.

He brought the national championship trophy along, and hit wallet.

Coach Cal agreed to match up to $25,000 in donations during the hour he was on the air.

Big Blue fans were up to the challenge, and donated that much during the hour.

"It's great, I love it. It's a big day for us. All this after what happened on March 2nd, it's overwhelming," said Morgan County resident Dylan Cantrell.

Callers from all over the country donated to this cause showing just how large the Big Blue Nation really is.


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