Coach Call nominated for regional Emmy

Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari has been nominated for a regional Emmy award for his role in a telethon for earthquake relief in Haiti.

WKYT-TV submitted 12 people, including Calipari, as part of its entry for the Hoops for Haiti telethon, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

The Kentucky team participated in the telethon, which raised more than $1.3 million for earthquake relief in Haiti.

President Barack Obama phoned the team to thank them.

The program is one of four nominees in the special achievement for community service category in the Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards competition.

Winners will be announced July 30. Other nominees in the category include work by Louisville station WHAS; a program on autism by WCMH in Columbus, Ohio; and a pet-themed special produced by Cincinnati company Blind Squirrels Production Group for Kroger and Nestle Purina.

--- Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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