Coach Cal hosts telethon for Sandy victims

By: Kari Hall Email
By: Kari Hall Email
    You have a chance to help the Northeast pick up the pieces following Superstorm Sandy. WKYT is teaming up with UK Coach John Calipari to raise money for storm victims.

The University of Kentucky women's soccer team defeated Vanderbilt 6-1 Friday at the UK Soccer Complex in Lexington, Ky., to advance to next week's SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala. Photo by Chet White

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - You have a chance to help the Northeast pick up the pieces following Superstorm Sandy. WKYT is teaming up with UK Coach John Calipari to raise money for storm victims. The damage from hurricane Sandy is estimated at 50 billion dollars. A huge amount of money that our Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey hopes to put a dent in.

"I said, hey what would be the prospects of us teaming up with UK and Coach Cal and holding a telethon similar to to what we did a few years ago for the folks down in Haiti. Except this time we literally deliver the check to NYC as we tip off the basketball season. And literally within 24 hours this thing came together," said Bailey.

"We're getting former players to be involved in it. We're giving away some really neat stuff. A lot of it will be championship stuff that we won, the floor, different pieces of the floor that you can buy. All the money is going back to the victims of this crazy Hurricane Sandy," said Calipari.

UK players will answer your calls and everyone who's touched by the devastation will be encouraged to donate.

Calipari adds, "It may keep people alive it may create hope. It may make their lives better for the time being."

Taking on Sandy is a big task Coach Cal is humbled by.

"I'm in a seat to move people and you can move people for good. You can gather the troops you can. You can get everyone together to do stuff in such a positive way. You cheat the position if you don't," says Calipari.

You can watch the telethon on Wednesday night from 7 to 8 PM on WKYT, WMYT, or www.wkyt.com. It will continue on CWKYT from eight to nine.


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