When you're in a position to make a difference, you should do so.
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari believes that. He's involved in a variety of charities and programs that benefit others.
On Thursday, Coach Cal was a guest speaker at the One Parent Scholar House's Education Builds Hope Luncheon. Managed by the Hope Center in Lexington, the program is for single parents who are full-time students in a higher education. The concept is to help parents and children develop the educational and life skills needed for self-sufficiency.
"When someone wants to do for themselves, they need a little boost," Cal said. "They need a little encouragement and I'm encouraged to say, 'Let me do something to help.' "
So how can Cal relate to the women that were recognized at the luncheon?
"A lot of the people we recruit -- as coaches, a lot of times [the players] come from a single parent home. A lot of times they will be the first college educated one in the family. A lot of times generational poverty can change through us," Cal answered.
Cal knows his platform and the effect he can have, but it's seeing the results -- like he did in the women being honored at the Carrick House on Thursday, that he appreciates.
"It's almost a badge of honor to understand that you made it and someone that hasn't gone through that, you try to create it, but like I said about last year's team, we didn't have enough competition," Cal explained regarding his obligation in basketball and life.
"I think these young women are willing to swim like heck. They just have to see land and I think we, who are involved in this charity, are helping them see land."