Krzyzewski Center expanding for the kids

Posted May 5, 2013

— A toast to Mother’s at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club, especially one quite special to Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

“My mom never went to high school, she only went to eighth grade but she is a wise person, the person I’ve loved most in my whole life,” said Krzyzewski Saturday.

The Duke coach is especially proud to see his mother’s name attached to the Emily Krzyzewski Center. Every year the Emily Krzyzewski Mother’s Day Ball is held for the non-profit organization that raises money for kid’s to attend college.

“Everyone gives us credit for coaching, we win some basketball games but the real coaches are the teachers and the teachers at the Emily Krzyzewski Center,” said Krzyzewski.

The Center class of 2013 is bringing in university offers by the bucket load.

“I was accepted into the UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-G, App State, Guilford and Elon,” said Gerardo Cruz Garza, four year student at the Emily Krzyzewski Center.

“They’ve allowed me to realize my dream of going to college,” said DeSean Wilson, a six year student at the Center.

Dreams that will soon double, with Saturday night’s announcement that the Center will soon be squared in size.

“That means that more people are going to go to college, more people are going to be successful in life,” said Brittany Jeatter, a four year student at the Emily Krzyzewski Center.

“I know the Center will prepare them well for college. It’s not only the funding part, it’s helping another student reach their goal,” said Jacqueline Ceron, a three year student at the Center.

A massive undertaking that started with what Coach K called a ‘moment’, watching last year’s graduating class of nine.

“To see them all together there, I think motivated everyone to say ‘hey, we need to help even more people’,” said Krzyzewski.

More than 250 students will be accepted next year.


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  • VT1994Hokie May 7, 2013

    Coach K has spent a lot of time helping kids in this area. He has raised millions for the kids with cancer. Happy that his mother's name will be honored and remembered.

  • StunGunn May 5, 2013

    Have to give K a lot of credit for starting and supporting such a wonderful cause in the name of his mother. I have a lot of respect for all the charitable work K does.

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns May 5, 2013

    Nice editing.

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