• Coach K Receives Humanitarian Award

    Posted: April 16th, 2012

    Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, the winningest coach in NCAA men’s basketball history, will be honored at the second annual Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Awards Banquet in Oklahoma City April 16 as the recipient of the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award.

    Krzyzewski, who has spent more than three decades as the head coach at Duke and led his team to four national championships and 11 trips to the Final Four, will be honored the same night the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award will be presented in an event at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The awards dinner is presented by Devon and hosted by the Oklahoma City Downtown Club.

    The Humanitarian Award honors an individual involved in college basketball who has made a significantly positive impact on society. Legendary ESPN and hall of fame announcer Dick Vitale received the inaugural award last year. The award’s namesake, Wayman Tisdale, died in May 2009 after a two-year battle with cancer.

    Krzyzewski is also the coach of the United States men’s national basketball team, whom he led to a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2010 FIBA World Championships. He was an assistant coach on the 1992 “Dream Team.”

    On November 15, 2011 Krzyzewski led Duke to a 74-69 victory over Michigan State at Madison Square Garden to become the coach with the most wins in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history. Krzyzewski ‘s 903rd victory surpassed the previous record of 902 held by his former coach, Bobby Knight. Just last month, Coach K was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.

    “This has been a landmark year for Coach K and having him as our recipient this year seems most appropriate,” says Drew Shields, 2012 chairman of the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award Advisory Board. “He is one of the few people in college basketball to have accomplished as much off the court as he has on.”

    Coach K’s charitable activities have included the establishment and funding of the Emily Krzyzewski Center, a community center in Durham named after his mother. The Center’s mission is to inspire economically disadvantaged students to dream big, act with character and purpose, strive for academic excellence, and reach their highest potential as future citizen leaders. In addition, he has been active in raising funds and supporting Duke Children’s Hospital, The Children’s Miracle Network, and the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

    Krzyzewski will share the stage in April with the NCAA college basketball’s outstanding Wayman Tisdale Freshman Player of the Year as selected by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). That selection will be announced at the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans at the USBWA Champions Breakfast. The player and his coach are then expected to be in Oklahoma City April 16 for the awards dinner where the recipient will receive the crystal sculpture designed in the likeness of Wayman Tisdale.

    The Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award and the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award are presented by Devon while produced by Access Sports, an Oklahoma City-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to supporting various charitable causes, including funding prosthetic devices for needy individuals through the Wayman L. Tisdale Foundation, educational scholarships through the United States Basketball Writers Associations, and funding of youth basketball programs throughout the state of Oklahoma through the Wayman’s Lightning Basketball League.

    Tables and sponsorship information are available for the April 16 event at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum at the Tisdale Award website, www.access-sports.net, or by calling Scott Hill at 405-640-0406 or via e-mail at scott.hill@access-sports.net .


Adversity can teach you more about yourself than any success, and overcoming an obstacle can sometimes feel even better than achieving an easy victory. Through adversity, you can discover things about your endurance, your ability to turn a negative into a positive, and your personal strength of heart.

- Coach K

Belief can mean the difference between a fear of failure and the courage to try. On a team or in a family, belief makes each individual stronger and also fortifies the group as a whole. The basis of belief is in individual relationships.

- Coach K

Take care not to allow one aspect of your life to so consume you that you neglect the others. Balance can put things in perspective, can bring you joy even when you are down, and can allow you to be at your best in all aspects of your life.

- Coach K

You have to adapt what you do based on who you are. In teaching, you must remember that no group or individual is the same as who you taught the day before, the year before, or the decade before. Your plan has to suit who you and your team are right now.

- Coach K

When you care about someone or something, you show genuine concern for that person or thing, in good times or bad. When you care about one another and about your purpose, you are compelled to put your feelings into action. Care creates an atmosphere that breeds success and gives you the confidence to try again.

- Coach K

No matter how successful you believe yourself to be, you can never feel as if you’ve reached the absolute pinnacle. There are always new and wonderful challenges out there, and part of maintaining success is knowing when you need to accept them.

- Coach K
Collective Responsibility

We win and we lose together. Handling the responsibility for wins and losses together removes the burden from one individual’s shoulders and distributes it among each member of the team. That atmosphere is conducive to high-level performance and places you and your team in the position to be bold and unafraid, and if you should lose, you are not alone.

- Coach K

When you are winning, your commitment is never challenged. But loyalty and dedication during difficult times can be tough. When commitment doesn’t waver, that’s when you have the greatest chance of winning. You can never give up.

- Coach K

Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication. Communication does not always occur naturally, and must be taught and practiced in order to bring everyone together as one. The most crucial element of communicating is telling the truth.

- Coach K

You can possess countless good qualities as an individual, but if you don”t have the courage to proceed, you may never see those qualities come into fruition. It takes courage to put what you believe to be best of you on the line, to test it, and to see how far it takes you. Courage means daring to do what you imagine.

- Coach K
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