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'Sharing Miracles' Television Program to Feature UConn Huskies Basketball Coach Jim Calhoun
Date:2/25/2009

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Each Sunday throughout March, Sharing Miracles, a 30-minute public affairs television program that tells the compelling and inspirational stories of real patients, will feature Hall-of-Famer Jim Calhoun, head coach of the University of Connecticut men's basketball team. Sharing Miracles now airs on nearly 260 television stations across the United States.

An NCAA Division I coach for 37 years, Calhoun is one of the most successful basketball coaches in college history, with nearly 800 career wins. This success has not only led him to two NCAA tournament championships, in 1999 and 2004; an NIT championship, in 1988; and six Big East tournament championships, it has also led him to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, where he was enshrined in 2005.

Known for his tenacity, Calhoun attributes his success to the inspiration that he draws from the hundreds of ball players that he has coached. In this month's episode, he says, "Seeing kids do extraordinary things, I feed off that and I learn from that. Winning or losing a basketball game is really small, very, very small in comparison with winning or losing at life."

UConn alum and current Washington Wizards All-Star forward Caron Butler says of his former coach, "He's a father figure. He really taught me that basketball is a reflection of life, and I had to be a professional on and off the court. Everything that he instilled in me at UConn I take with me."

Indeed, Calhoun has been a winner on the court and in life, as a championship-winning coach and as a generous philanthropist. What's more, he has also survived three bouts with prostate and skin cancer.

Each time he was diagnosed, he characteristically took control and chose an aggressive course of action: "I said to my doctor, 'It doesn't belong in my body. I'm willing to fight just lik
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