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John Calipari Made An Awesome Gesture For Family Of Basketball Player Killed In Shooting

A solo shot of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari.

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 07: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats motions to his players during the NCAA Men's Final Four Championship against the Connecticut Huskies at AT&T Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

There is little doubt that John Calipari is one of the best recruiters and coaches in college basketball, but it should be known that he is also an inspiring individual.

With the offseason in full effect for top programs around the country, Calipari is using his time to help those in need.

On Mother's Day, Calipari provided the Vail family with a gift they'll never forget. Hopefully it is a moment that can help with the pain that the family is dealing with.

Back in April, Taylon Vail was killed in a senseless drive-by shooting while he was at his grandmother's house. He was 16 years old and considered a basketball prospect in the state of Arkansas.

Calipari knew that Vail's favorite team was the Kentucky Wildcats, so he provided the family with a blue custom jersey that featured his name and number.

In addition to the jersey, Calipari gave the family an official scholarship letter intended for Taylon. He dreamed of playing for the Wildcats when he was older.

This heartwarming gesture clearly lifted the spirits of Taylons's mother, Tabatha.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal:

"When I opened it up — oh my goodness — I was bawling crying," Vail said. "I was so excited."

"I was trying not to get tears on the jersey," Vail said. "It wasn't until then that I realized why she asked me to go wash my hands. It was pristine. It's so special."

When it comes to sports, Kentucky and Arkansas don't normally get along. However, we have to imagine even the local Razorback fans down in West Memphis can appreciate what Calipari did for the Vails here.

[Memphis Commercial Appeal]