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Calipari nominated for regional Emmy

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Head coach John Calipari helped raise more than $1.3 million in earthquake relief efforts with the Head coach John Calipari helped raise more than $1.3 million in earthquake relief efforts with the "Hoops for Haiti" telethon. (photo by Chet White, UK Athletics)
As head coach of the Kentucky men's basketball program, John Calipari has been called a savior, a recruiter and a salesman. Pretty soon, he might add Emmy winner to his resume.

In what is truly a unique honor, Calipari, as a part of WKYT's "Hoops for Haiti" telethon, has been nominated for a regional Emmy.

Calipari and 11 other people WKYT submitted as part of its entry are one of four nominees in the special achievement for community category in the Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards competition.

"Congratulations to everyone at WKYT on their Emmy nomination under the category of Special Achievement - Community Service for our Hoops for Haiti telethon," Calipari said Wednesday night in a statement. "I'm extremely grateful to be listed among you and all the other nominees but the real Emmy nomination goes to all the people that donated and made the telethon a success for the people of Haiti."

Calipari and WKYT station manager Wayne Martin orchestrated the telethon, which involved the entire UK men's basketball team and raised more than $1.3 million for earthquake relief in Haiti. President Barack Obama called the players and coaches to thank them for their generosity.

The "Hoops for Haiti" nomination will go against "The Autism Puzzle" from WCMH, "Tales for the Pet Lover's Heart" by Blind Squirrels Production Group, Inc. and "WHAS11," from WHAS. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Seelbach Hilton in Louisville on July 30.

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