Coach Cal addressed the students, asking who had been impacted by the tornadoes, and hands went up throughout the room. Then, a Kentucky basketball player talked to the group saying, “the hardest thing to do is find light within darkness and you guys found a way to keep pushing.”
Coach Cal and his team were there to encourage these students, to be there if they needed it. And not only did they support them through their words, they also supported through their actions as the team washed the feet of these students and gave them a new pair of shoes.
Then, in August, destructive flooding hit communities in Eastern Kentucky. Families lost everything in their homes: clothing, furniture, and supplies, and were left with nothing. Samaritan’s Feet once again partnered with Coach Cal, The Calipari Foundation, and the University of Kentucky to provide 5,000 pairs of shoes to those in need in the area.
The shoes were distributed at two State Parks, the temporary home for many impacted by the floods, and the lines started forming early. Many families in line shared how they had lost everything and just had to keep putting item after item in the trash as they worked through the cleanup.