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Calipari wants players to feel they are blessed on Thanksgiving

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

The Wildcats planned to have a “nice meal” on Wednesday night before serving meals at the Salvation Army on Thanksgiving Day.

“I want them (the players) to feel that they’re blessed,” Calipari said. “That people are struggling. That you have an impact on people. That if you make this about other people life becomes more joyful. If you’re so focused on you and your own, it’s a small world. I reminded them today that I’m like their people.”

The Kentucky coach urged families to lend a helping hand to the less fortunate during the holiday season.

“If there is anyone in your neighborhood that you know is going to be alone, have them come to your house,” he said. “Whether they’re older, whether they’re single, whether they just moved in, have them come to your place.

“Or, maybe go somewhere where you can help others have a great Thanksgiving. This is a day for all of us tomorrow that we should be giving thanks for the blessings that we’ve all been given and pay it forward.”

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