Kentucky is in dark territory considering its disappointing season thus far, but that has not stopped the team from spreading Christmas cheer like they do each year. This time, because they were unable to host families due to the Coronavirus pandemic, UK players handed out food and gifts in the parking lot.
UK Head Coach John Calipari said on his call-in radio show Monday night that the gifts include money for rent, food from Kroger, a meal from Lundy’s, a TempurPedic mattress and Kentucky Branded merchandise for each family.
“We had a great Christmas with some families, Tom, that we always do. We don’t publicize that stuff but these kids need to know — you’re suffering. What? You lost a basketball game. How about these families you’re singing Christmas carols to? That you’re giving food for the next two to three weeks to them, that you’re giving them Christmas gifts and gift cards? And you’re walking up to families and giving them a rent check or two to hold them over during this time and there are tears and screaming. You understand that this is more than just teaching basketball here. This is bigger picture,” Calipari said.
After a few weeks of constant depressing team news, this is refreshing.