Monday, June 3, 2013

Calipari to Deliver Keynote Address at 2013 Henry P. Iba Citizen Athletes Awards Tonight

Kentucky head coach John Calipari will deliver the keynote address at the 20th annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards tonight in Tulsa.

Here is more from ibaawards.com:

2013 Keynote-John Calipari


During the Feburary 27 Rotary weekly meeting, Eddie Sutton, former OSU head basketball coach announced this year's keynote speaker of the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards will be John Calipari, University of Kentucky's head basketball coach.

Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari reached the mountaintop in his third year in Lexington, guiding Kentucky to its eighth national championship and 15th Final Four. In doing so, he claimed his first national championship and his fourth appearance in the Final Four. He is one of only two coaches to lead three different schools to a Final Four (UMass-1996; Memphis-2008; Kentucky-2011, 2012).

The Wildcats rode the trademark hard-nosed Calipari defense to the title, finishing the season as the nation's top-ranked team in field-goal percentage defense and blocked shots.

Kentucky lost three members of its 2011 Final Four team (two to the draft, one to graduation), but Calipari reloaded with the nation's top-ranked recruiting class for the third straight season. Included in the class were eventual National Player of the Year Anthony Davis and All-American Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

En route to the national championship, Calipari guided the Wildcats to an NCAA record-tying 38 wins, a perfect 16-0 mark in the Southeastern Conference, earning the school's 45th SEC championship, and extended his winning streak in Rupp Arena to 51 straight games. Calipari extended his perfect mark at home as UK's coach to 54 games before finally losing in his fourth year at Kentucky.

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The Iba Awards:


The Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards were created in 1994 by the Rotary Club of Tulsa to recognize a male and a female premiere athlete who has excelled in their sport, and who exemplifies a high degree of citizenship in the image of Henry P. Iba, by demonstrating a desire to help others. Henry P. Iba was former basketball coach for Oklahoma State University and three U.S. Olympic basketball teams.

This prestigious black-tie event will be held at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center on June 3, 2013. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation.

For tickets or table sponsorship information, contact the Rotary Club of Tulsa at 918-584-7642 or online at ibaawards.com.

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