LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The University of Kentucky men's basketball team exchanged their basketballs for towels and water basins Tuesday morning, as they washed the feet of children in need and gave them brand new shoes.

The event took place during the team's week-long trip to the Bahamas.

On Monday, UK head men's basketball coach John Calipari posted a video in which he explained to his team why the event with Samaritan's Feet International would have such an impact on them.

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“They don’t have much," Calipari told his players. "And they have a pair of shoes for them, but before they give them the shoes, you wash their feet. Do you know the connotation of that -- washing their feet? Why would you wash their feet? It shows servant leadership? Who washed the feet of the 12 disciples? You know what I’m saying? That’s what Jesus did.”

He added that the event would show them that their roles as basketball players was m


ore about having a chance to help others than it was about sports.

“Like signing an autograph, taking a picture, grabbing a kid," he said. "Somebody’s going to ask you…my grandmother is in the hospital. Can you go over? And you’ll go, ‘Yeah. 3 o’clock. I’ll go over. I’ve got 10 or 15 minutes.’ And you walk over. That’s the kind of stuff you learn brings joy to you."

"This thing tomorrow is a big deal," he added.


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