Nov 30, 2010
Calipari To Coach Tonight Despite Mom’s Death Sunday

LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari will coach his University of Kentucky basketball team against Boston University tonight despite the death of his mother on Sunday.

Donna Calipari, 74, died in Charlotte, N.C., six months after John Calipari announced she’d been diagnosed with cancer.

Calipari learned of his mother’s death Sunday during UK’s practice, spokesman DeWayne Peevy said. He flew to Charlotte on Sunday and returned to Lexington on Monday, arriving at the Joe Craft Center just after the start of practice.

UK assistant coach John Robic informed Calipari’s players of the death after Sunday’s practice, senior Josh Harrellson said.

“We’re all here for (Calipari), Harrellson said. We’re all grieving for him right now, and we wish the best for him and his family. We’re all going to be praying for him and supporting him no matter what happens.”

In a statement released via Twitter on Monday, Calipari thanked UK fans for their support during his mother’s battle with cancer: “Your warmth uplifted her and all of us. We hope you will all respect our privacy during this period (and) know that we are grateful for being part of the Big Blue family.”

The Calipari family is scheduled to hold a private memorial service on Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Donna Calipari be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (ATTN: Tribute Program) at P.O. Box 100, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN, 38148. Donations can be made by phone at 1-800-822-6344. Donations should include tribute number 26909623.

Calipari To Coach Tonight Despite Mom’s Death Sunday

Louisville Courier-Journal (Ky.)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari will coach his University of Kentucky basketball team against Boston University tonight despite the death of his mother on Sunday.

Donna Calipari, 74, died in Charlotte, N.C., six months after John Calipari announced she’d been diagnosed with cancer.

Calipari learned of his mother’s death Sunday during UK’s practice, spokesman DeWayne Peevy said. He flew to Charlotte on Sunday and returned to Lexington on Monday, arriving at the Joe Craft Center just after the start of practice.

UK assistant coach John Robic informed Calipari’s players of the death after Sunday’s practice, senior Josh Harrellson said.

“We’re all here for (Calipari), Harrellson said. We’re all grieving for him right now, and we wish the best for him and his family. We’re all going to be praying for him and supporting him no matter what happens.”

In a statement released via Twitter on Monday, Calipari thanked UK fans for their support during his mother’s battle with cancer: “Your warmth uplifted her and all of us. We hope you will all respect our privacy during this period (and) know that we are grateful for being part of the Big Blue family.”

The Calipari family is scheduled to hold a private memorial service on Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Donna Calipari be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (ATTN: Tribute Program) at P.O. Box 100, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN, 38148. Donations can be made by phone at 1-800-822-6344. Donations should include tribute number 26909623.






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