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Coach Cal receives Barefoot Coach of the Year award

John Calipari was honored as the Samaritan’s Feet “Barefoot Coach of the Year” award winner in Atlanta on Saturday. Coach Cal was recognized at the Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast, which recognizes coaches who have demonstrated character, leadership, courage and compassion.

Calipari raised more than $25,000 for Samaritan’s Feet this past year, which provided more than 1,600 pairs of shoes to impoverished children, both domestically and internationally.

“Coach Calipari has been an invaluable Ambassador for Samaritan’s Feet over the years modeling servant leadership to his community and beyond,” said Manny Ohonme, president and founder of Samaritan’s Feet. “It’s my honor to recognize Coach Calipari for his efforts to serve impoverished children of Kentucky and around the world.”

The Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast now stands as one of the premier events during the NCAA Final Four weekend. The 16th annual Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast was hosted by CBS Sports’ Clark Kellogg and TNT’s Ernie Johnson. Each year, more than 1,000 guests attend the event and hear from basketball greats. The Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast recognizes the importance of leadership, character and integrity and honors heroes in the world of sports.

Samaritan’s Feet is a 501(c)(3), humanitarian aid organization that shares a message of hope and love by distributing new shoes and washing the feet of under-served individuals around the world.

Samaritan’s Feet International was founded in 2003 by Nigerian-born Manny Ohonme and his wife Tracie for the purpose of sharing hope with the under-served and hurting people of the world by washing their feet, giving them a new pair of shoes and empowering them to believe that their dreams can come true.

Samaritan’s Feet shoe distributions are designed to both meet physical needs and inspire young people to believe in the value of life and service. These distributions are the outpouring of the Samaritan’s Feet dedication to changing hearts and lives forever. Samaritan’s Feet’s goal is to provide 10 million pairs of shoes in the next 10 years. Since 2003, Samaritan’s Feet and its team of ambassadors have served an estimated 3.5 million individuals in more than 60 countries.