Coach Calipari didn’t like that the players weren’t paid from last seasons series “Inside The Madness”, so he donated his money from the show.
“In a perfect world, some of the money we made from the Facebook series would have been distributed to our players,” Calipari said in the statement to USA Today. “Our rules simply won’t allow it. Instead, I’m proud of how they chose to allow themselves to be part of doing something that would make a difference in the lives of so many other people through charitable donations.”
Calipari told USA Today that more than $600,000 of the money has been donated to at least eight nonprofit organizations, including the Jimmy V Foundation and the Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County. He said an additional $141,000 went toward debt relief for 19 students in Kentucky’s College of Education.
There was also about $100,000 set aside for “an educational fund that will distribute money to relieve college debts of staff, managers and former players who have made a difference in our programs at Massachusetts, Memphis and Kentucky over the years.”