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Education a personal mission for 'Coach K'

Posted May 22, 2014

— Mike Krzyzewski is known for his successes on the basketball court, but when it comes to the Emily K Center, his passions span well beyond sport.

The center, named after Krzyzewski’s mother, opened its doors in 2006 to help low-income students succeed in school and attend college.

Its mission is very personal to Krzyzewski, a first-generation college graduate.

“Education is the most powerful thing in the world,” he said. “Our staff does an incredible job of teaching, mentoring, loving, caring and putting these youngsters in a position to where they are the first ones of their families to go to college.”

The center recognized nine of its graduating seniors during a ceremony Thursday evening.

Mishel Gomez, a Southern High School graduate, is heading to Wake Forest University.

“To know that I have been accepted to seven schools, it’s unbelievable,” she said.

The graduates were accepted to 27 colleges and universities and received over $700,000 in scholarships and grants.

Brittany Lambright, an East Carolina University student, credits the center with preparing her for college.

“The young lady who walked out (of the program) was confident, prepared and excited for her future.”


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  • George George May 23, 2014
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    The center houses the original Minneapolis final floor center court logo that Duke won.

  • Coach K is still GREAT May 23, 2014

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    Tyical KaraWHINA fan response...

  • Wooderson May 23, 2014

    It's good to see K calm and actually doing something decent. Usually he's just so angry and cussing non stop.

  • moonpie May 23, 2014

    Maybe he can open a branch in Chapel Hill...

  • BE May 23, 2014

    I did not know about this program until I saw the report last night. This certainly show another side of Coach K that many other people probably do not about. Congratulations to the coach and to the program. A benefit to the community indeed!

  • Greg Boop May 23, 2014
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    It is good to see the positive impact the Emily K Center is making in our community.