Purchase of Duke collectible ball benefits Durham neighbors

Posted April 7, 2010 6:34 p.m. EDT

— Nikco Sports is using Duke's NCAA men's basketball championship to give back to the City of Durham.

The company is offering 5,000 officially licensed, full-sized Wilson basketballs with the Final Four and Duke University logos and a list of the team's schedule, scores and opponents en route to the national title.

The $99 purchase price benefits the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership, a non-profit founded under then-Duke President Nan Keohane as a way to engage the university with the surrounding community. The partnership has raised and invested more than $12 million in Durham charitable groups, non-profits, government and church groups since its 1996 inception.

Order Duke basketball from Nikco Sports

The “Season To Remember” basketballs can be purchased ordered by calling 1-800-345-2868 or visiting Each comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity.