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The Real Value Of The Emily K Center

Opening doors for kids who might not have a door to walk through otherwise.

Coach K speaking to the media during the NCAA tournament.
Coach K speaking to the media during the NCAA tournament.
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Coach K is involved in so many things that sometimes it's hard to keep track. Only a genius for time management allows it.

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If you asked him what he's most proud of, not counting his family, we expect there would be three things on the list: the program he built at Duke, his work with the national team, and the Emily K Center.

Players come to Duke and to the national team with considerable advantages in life, gifts that are coveted and for which they are heavily compensated, be it with scholarships or paychecks.

That's not usually the case with the kids at the Emily K Center. Many of them have real disadvantages in life.

The beauty of the Center is that it helps them overcome those disadvantages.

Nine of the kids who attend the Emily K Center were honored Thursday and are off to college.  They were accepted by 29 schools and have pulled in $700,000 in grants and scholarships.

Anyway you look at it, that's highly impressive. Something good is happening on West Chapel Hill Street in Durham.