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John Robic: Calipari tells players “it is about more than just the moment”

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)


Kentucky assistant basketball coach John Robic has played in Swings For Soldiers, the annual golf scramble that former UK tight end Jacob Tamme and his wife put on to raise money to build specially adapted homes for wounded veterans, all nine years the event has been held in Lexington.

It’s the type of “servant leadership” that coach John Calipari stresses to his players and Robic says what Tamme does is another example that can be used with the basketball players.

“We try to stress that you have to give back. I think our guys who have come through here and then moved on do give back and you see that in various ways,” Robic said. “They are fortunate enough to be in that position to be able to give back.”

Robic believes most UK basketball players understand they are fortunate to be at Kentucky but don’t always totally grasp how much they can help others immediately. However, many of Calipari’s former players have made significant contributions once they became established NBA player.

“To see them move on as young kids and come back as grown men is special. Coach tries to tell these guys it is more than just about the moment. It’s the big picture,” Robic said. “Financially many of them are in position where they can really help not only their families but their communities and cities where they are from.

“That is important for them. It means we have done something right and steered them in the right direction like somebody obviously did with Jacob.”

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