Legendary Basketball Coach, Calvin Wainright, dies at 68

Coach Calvin Wainright will be remembered by some for his talent as a basketball player, but his special gift was as a mentor to generations of young Black men.

Coach Calvin Wainright, 68, passed away on Monday morning after spending a career dealing with children and assisting them in learning how to flee the violence and deprivation that frequently surrounded them. Clarke proclaimed, “He was my big brother, the legend.” “Calvin took the time to mold me into the man I am today,” his close friend Pat Clarke said on Monday. “(He’s) one of the reasons there is a Pat Clarke.”

Like his mentor, Clarke works tirelessly to keep kids safe in areas where crime frequently wins the war for the hearts of children and teens. Wainright “loved God and loved his family,” Clarke said. The KCPCA posted on Facebook that “Today, Kansas City mourns the passing of a magnificent icon, a staple in our city, a father figure & coach to many.” “Coach Calvin Wainright, may you rest in peace. You will be sincerely missed. prayers and sympathy to the family.”


Calvin Wainright was 68 years old at the time of his death. He holds an American nationality and he belongs to the white ethnicity.

The president of the Oak Park community, Calvin Wainright, claimed to have met Clarke when he was barely 6 years old in 1972. Clarke puts in a lot of effort to protect children in areas where criminality frequently wins the hearts of adolescents and teenagers.

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He received the Humanitarian Award from the Kansas City People’s Choice Awards that same year. In 2020, the Missouri Park and Recreation Association gave Wainright the Outstanding Volunteer Coach Award.

Calvin Wainright is the father of Phoenix Suns forward Ish Wainright. Amaad Wainright, his other son, played one season at Kansas State University.

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