UK Head Coach John Calipari among College Coaches involved in Minority Leadership Initiative

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UK Head Coach John Calipari among College Coaches involved in Minority Leadership Initiative

UK head coach John Calipari speaks with freshman guard Immanuel Quickley (5) during the game against South Carolina on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky defeated South Carolina 76-48. Photo by Hunter Mitchell.

All across America and the world itself, social reform has taken place in hopes for the equal treatment of minorities.

UK Head Coach John Calipari has been an active member in trying to create more equal opportunity for minorities in the country, and this morning he along with Harvard Head Coach Tommy Amaker went on ESPN’s Get Up to announce the launching of the Minority Leadership Initiative by the John McLendon Foundation. The initiative will create more opportunities for minorities to find jobs in athletic departments across the country.

“We hope athletic departments look different. We hope athletic directors look different, which means coaches will look different,” Calipari said. “Coaches in this are here to promote it (the Minority Leadership Initiative), to be the point of funding. Right now athletic departments across the country are struggling. We should be the point of funding.”

Calipari also pointed out that the initiative goes past just creating access for minorities, as they want to create leaders out of the it.

“It’s to be mentors because we’re not only trying to create access and opportunity for minorities in college athletics, we’re trying to create and develop leaders and decision makers,” the Kentucky coach said.

Calipari and Amaker join more than 35 other college coaches in the initiative. Kentucky’s head basketball coach will be hosting another episode of his quarantine series “Coffee with Cal” in which he will have on other coaches to further discuss the movement.

Those wanting to apply for such positions can go to minorityleaders.org.

 

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