Coach Calipari delivers keynote speech at 50th Governor's Prayer Breakfast

Published: Feb. 16, 2016 at 12:51 PM EST
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The Governor's Prayer Breakfast has been a tradition for 50 years, bringing together religious leaders to pray for our state leaders.

While this has been just a tradition for some governors, it's deeply personal for Governor Matt Bevin who is outspoken about his faith in Jesus Christ.

That faith was celebrated on Tuesday morning by hundreds of people who filled the Frankfort Convention Center to pray.

Many people said prayer is needed for our families, our state and our nation because we are facing increasingly troubling circumstances.

Bevin says while some might consider events, such as the prayer breakfast, politically incorrect, it's important for Christians to stand up for their beliefs.

"I challenge you. Don't be apologetic for those. Be bold, be bold in what you know, be bold in what drew you here today," he said.

Keynote speaker Coach John Calipari attends Catholic mass every morning and he says his values are reflected in his players-first approach.

"Would I like to coach kids more than one year? Yeah. Yeah. I mean I'd like to have teams for four years and win every game and national title and we'd all be happy but I always say, you got to do what's best for these young people," he said.

Calipari went on to talk about the importance of prayer, saying it matters.

The lieutenant governor also focused on the role of prayer on Tuesday morning. She says there has probably been more prayer in her office over the past 2 months than there was over the past 50 years.

Bevin asked everyone at the prayer breakfast to continue praying for him, saying he needs prayer even more now than he did before the election.

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