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May 02

John Calipari Speaks at Stake & Burger Dinner benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County

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Success is about relationships, University of Kentucky Basketball Coach John Calipari told guests at Thursday night’s Stake & Burger Dinner benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County.

“If you have a relationship with the kids in this organization, you can’t write a check. … The other side of it is making time,” Calipari told a packed house at World Outreach Church, where the 30th annual fundraiser took place.

But it’s time well-invested, said Calipari, who encouraged guests to get involved with the club kids outside of their checkbooks.

“What the people within the Boys & Girls Club do is what I’m trying to do with my 12 (players) and that’s light a fire. Get them to believe more than they believe, sometimes more than they believe in themselves,” Calipari said.

Being successful also means making others successful along your journey, Calipari said. And he’s done just that with his winning track record. Calipari, a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, has guided six teams to the Final Four, led one to a national championship and helped 39 players earn selection in the NBA Draft during his 24-year college coaching career.

He learned that “pay-it-forward” philosophy from his mother, he said.

“My mother was a pay-it-forward person. If things good happened to you, you pass that on,” Calipari told The Daily News Journal. “There are good things that are going to happen for you. If you want that to continue you must do and make it good for other people. If you’re going to have success, you’d better be dragging people with you. That was my mother’s mentality.”

Building others up takes work beyond anything technology can do, he said.

“(Relationships is) why the kids reach a higher academically, educationally. They do things they never thought possible because someone lit that fire. You cannot do that through an email, through a text message or through a check. … It’s the day to day, touching young people,” Calipari said.

“Especially in Kentucky, when you’re in that (coaching) seat, if all you’re about is basketball, you cheat the position. You can make a difference in a lot of different ways. … You can raise money for organizations that are going to make a difference,” Calipari said.

Having Coach Calipari speak made a huge difference for the youth in Rutherford County and made the annual Stake & Burger Dinner “an incredible event for our organization,” said Kelly Rollins, former board president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County and current chairman of the board for the Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee.

Calipari solidified the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County, Rollins said.

“You have to be present to win, it’s that simple,” Rollins said. “If you want winning relationships with those around you, you’ve got to show up … and be present every day.”

Rollins said the club staff members are “on the front lines” to give children the everyday encouragement and support they need to succeed.

“Whether they’re helping them build character or helping them with homework, it’s what we do. We are in a business of making a difference in every club member we serve,” Rollins said.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County serve more than 2,500 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in Smyrna, Murfreesboro and Shelbyville. Nearly half of those students are from single-parent households and 41 percent qualify for free and reduced lunches.

To learn more about how you can help the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County, visit bgcrc.net or call the Murfreesboro location at 615-893-5437.

Read the original article here: http://www.dnj.com/story/news/2017/04/28/john-calipari-success-relationships/100895018/

 

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