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Calipari offers words of encouragement for Kentucky National Guard

One of John Calipari’s aphorisms he tells his team is “Refuse to lose.” On Tuesday, speaking from his office at the Joe Craft Center video Skype, Coach Cal got a chance to speak with men and women who truly do refuse to lose.

For the second year in a row, Calipari spoke with troops from the Kentucky National Guard to offer encouragement, raise their spirits and answer questions about his basketball team. This year, Calipari and sophomore forward Kyle Wiltjer video chatted with troops stationed across the Atlantic in Djibouti and troops in Mississippi who are headed to Jordan next month.

Calipari spoke with the soldiers for 30 minutes, showed his national championship ring and vowed to send over some signed posters for the troops.

Video of the Skype session is above and below are a few photos courtesy of the Kentucky National Guard.