Cats pitch in at coat drive; Cal’s presented with special Harley (photos and video)

Photo gallery at the bottom | Cal and the Cats give back for the holiday season

The Kentucky Wildcats continued their holiday charity work on Wednesday by stopping by pitching in for the Calipari Foundation’s “Cal’s Coats for Kids” drive.

The coaches and players split up into three different groups at Man O’ War Harley-Davidson and Wildcat Wearhouse stores at the Fayette Mall and Hamburg to collect coats for the needy. The coats will be donated to the Salvation Army, which will find families in and around the Lexington area that are in need of a coat for the winter season.

It’s the second year Calipari’s foundation has run the coat drive. Last year it collected nearly 3,000 coats, and Calipari sounded confident Wednesday that they will get as many as 4,000 this year.

“It just shows that anytime you ask them to get involved, whether it was Sandy relief, Haiti and other things, that (the Big Blue Nation helps) when we say rally,” Calipari said. “When the Big Blue Nation rallies, it’s like a freight train coming at you.”

Calipari even brought over a handful of coats from his house that his wife, Ellen, had him bring over.

“It’s funny, I got to my house and my wife said, ‘Let’s give these coats,’ so we went through and coats with tags in them, gently used coats, but they were all mine,” Calipari said. “I’m like, ‘What about your coats?’ So I brought over a bunch of my coats.”

The drive will last through Thursday at the aforementioned locations. All new or gently used coats are being accepted.

While Calipari was at the coat drive at the Man O’ War Harley Davidson location, he was presented with a specially made Coach Cal Harley-Davidson. The bike, which was designed and created by Josh DeWitt, will be auctioned off for the Calipari Foundation sometime in 2013. Details will be released at a later time.

For more on the Cats’ charity work this holiday season, click here