Calipari presents check to University of Memphis
Dec. 12, 2000
In ceremonies Tuesday at the soon-to-open Cal's Championship Steakhouse, basketball coach John Calipari presented a check pledging $40,000 to the University of Memphis.
The contribution is the result of a partnership between Calipari and Pace Cooper, president and CEO of Cooper Companies, the owner of the restaurant. "Cal's," is scheduled to open in mid-December and is located adjacent to Cooper's Hilton East Memphis.
"All money that I receive from my agreement with the restaurant will go directly to the university," Calipari said. "Pace and I are mutually dedicated to helping the university through the restaurant by donating a share of the restaurant's revenue on an annual basis."
Receiving the contribution on behalf of the university were interim university president Dr. Ralph Faudree, Holiday Inns founder Kemmons Wilson and associate athletic director Kevin Grothe.
Benefiting from Calipari's donation will be the new Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management, the university library, the student recreation center and the women's athletic department. The student recreation center contribution is designated to help fund the construction of a tennis court awning. The women's athletics funds will help pay for the installation of air conditioning in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
The Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management will also receive and administer a student internship program provided by Cooper at Cal's Championship Steaks.
"My family has supported the University of Memphis and its basketball program for over 30 years," Cooper said. "The rebirth of the basketball program will be uplifting for the university and the city. We want to be a part of it."
In addition to providing a name for the restaurant, Calipari is sending his personal memorabilia collection to be displayed in the restaurant.