Coach Calipari raises over $300,000 for Louisiana flood relief efforts

08/28/2016 09:24 PM

The first annual Coach Cal Celebrity Softball Classic was a success, as over $300,000 was raised to helped aid those affected by the Louisiana flooding.

The Softball Classic, which replaced the alumni basketball game at Rupp Arena, was delayed an hour and 15 minutes due to rain, but that didn’t stop the fans from coming out and seeing some of their favorite former Cats.

Former Cat Karl-Anthony Towns started off the festivities by winning the home derby in dramatic fashion. Towns hit a walk-off home run in triple overtime to claim the title. Towns and his team then went on to beat Team Calipari 18-12.

“The players enjoyed it. The fans enjoyed it. I had a blast,” tweeted Calipari following tonight’s game.

Former Wildcat Keith Bogans think this is the start of a new tradition, saying “I just told Karl Towns and Coach Calipari, every other year…no. We need to do this every single year. I think it’s a good cause. We had a good turnout. It’s only going to get bigger.”

The Softball Classic was the culmination of a packed weekend, with John Calipari hosting his fourth annual Basketball Fantasy Experience on Saturday. The Basketball Experience, coupled with the Softball Classic, raised over $1.5 million for charities.

You can still donate to help with the Louisiana flood efforts by texting GIVE to 859-955-8173.

Clayton Abernathy

Clayton Abernathy is the producer for KSTV. A recent graduate from the University of Kentucky with a degree in journalism, Clayton covered UK sports throughout his four year college career for various radio and television stations, including an internship with KSTV last summer. He is passionate about UK sports, and loves to apply that passion to his work every day. He loves to eat, run, explore nature, jam with his buddies, and play basketball and golf on the weekends. You can follow Clayton on Twitter @Abernathy_cn2.

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