- Illinois State Redbirds - November 30, 2015 - Rupp Arena - 7:00 PM EST - ESPN2
Big Blue Nation, it’s been a while since we’ve done an online auction, but we’ve got a special treat for you today – something I’ve been waiting to auction off for a while.
As you can remember, I had the privilege of spending the day at the Kentucky Speedway back in late June for the Quaker State 400. Though I never got to start the race as the pace car driver because inclement weather delayed the race until the following day, I still had the chance to test drive the pace care, meet with some of NASCAR’s top drivers and soak in a fun day at the track.
One of the highlights of the day was the presentation of a one-of-a-kind jacket that was custom made just for me. Stitched into the jacket are the years of our eight national championships at Kentucky, our “Players First” philosophy, and my “Refuse to Lose” slogan that I’ve used since my UMass days and let Jeff Gordon and the “Rainbow Warriors” use.
Best of all, the jacket features 30-plus signatures of the top drivers in NASCAR, including Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart. It will also include my John Hancock as well as a hologram that signifies the jacket’s authenticity.
We’ve auctioned off a lot of items over the last couple of years, but I personally think this is the most unique item we’ve ever put up for auction. It’s the ultimate Kentucky basketball gift, especially if you’re a NASCAR fan.
We’ll start the bidding at $1,000 and open it up for five days. The auction will close Monday at 1 p.m. ET. Full proceeds from every auction we do, including this one, go straight to my foundation, The Calipari Foundation.
About The Calipari Foundation: The Calipari Foundation invests in communities. These communities are not limited by geography – they can also be educational, social and spiritual in nature. The foundation’s purpose is to improve the quality of life both in and through these communities, with a particular focus on enriching the lives of children.
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