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Over $47,000 Raised For The Emily K Center!!!

This one is from us. All of us. But a special thank you to Douglas Kauffmann

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - APRIL 02: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils talks during a news conference after the team’s loss against North Carolina Tar Heels during the semifinal game of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Final Four at Caesars Superdome on April 02, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Update - Douglas Kauffman posted on the fundraiser that if we got to $36,000, he’d donate $6,000 so that we have $1,000 for each of Coach K’s years in Durham. Well now he’s donated again, pushing us very close to doubling our original goal of $50,000. Thanks Doug! Please consider donating if you can and help push us over the top. Thanks for your help everyone and especially Doug and Kenny Dennard, who’s really done a lot too aside from his own generous donation!

Like everyone else, we hated the way Coach K’s final game in Cameron ended, but we loved everything else about the day. It was spectacular, a K-Stock for Blue Devils. It was simply a great, great event and a brilliant day.

It really made clear the deep bond that Duke fans have with Coach K and vice-versa, and that got us thinking.

In his post-game comments, he talked about his love for Durham. He and his family have really committed themselves to Durham, and not just on the surface.

The Emily K Center was just a vision when it started but the vision has become concrete: that place is changing lives. If you go to the home page, the K Center now serves more than 2,000 students and kids who have gone through the program have earned $2.3 million dollars in scholarships and awards.

As we said, it is changing lives. It’s really a pretty amazing place.

So back to Saturday.

When we watched the ceremony, we thought it was really good and moving, but we thought: wait, what about the Emily K Center?

And that’s when it hit us.

All those Duke fans milling about Cameron, full of love, all those people posting online about how Coach K has affected and changed their lives...what if we all banded together and gave Coach K and the Krzyzewski family a great big send off by conducting an Emily K Fundraiser?

We have all offered kind thoughts and immense gratitude, but together, we can give Coach K and his family a gift that will be remembered for a long time and potentially change lives even longer than that.

So here’s what we’d like to do.

As a retirement gift for Coach K, we have set up a fundraiser for the Emily K Center at We invite everyone to donate and to ask friends and classmates if they would consider helping.

This one’s from us, the fans, and it could be one of the best farewell gifts Coach K gets and one that will keep giving for a long, long time.

Please join us if you can and give generously to the K Center to thank and honor Mike Krzyzewski for everything he has done for Duke and Durham.

Help us make this something very special.