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  • Mike Krzyzewski Recalls the “Magical Moment” of The Dream Team

    It was 1992 and they would be the first team of NBA stars to represent the United States in the Olympics. They would secure an 8-0 record on their way to the coveted gold medal, demolishing their opponents by an average of nearly 44 points. They were the original Dream Team. And now, in honor of their 20th anniversary, the NBA TV documentary The Dream Team gathers the players that coach Chuck Daly, who passed away in 2009, led to victory (including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Charles Barkley). “It was a moment, really, for the game of basketball,” says then-assistant coach Mike Krzyzewski (head coach at Duke University and now also the head coach of the U.S. team going for gold at the London Olympics this summer). “You could feel just the aura, the power of the personalities and the talent. It made you feel that, wow, this may never happen again.”

  • Peck And Rodriguez Honored With Coach K Awards

    Army women’s tennis coach Paul Peck and senior football player Andrew Rodriguez have been honored with the 2012 Mike Krzyzewski Teaching Character Through Sport Award.

    This marks the sixth time that the U.S. Military Academy has presented the award but just the fourth time corps squad athletes and coaches were eligible to win. The first two awards honored cadets who compete in company athletics and competitive club sports. All three categories received recognition on Thursday.

  • Coach K To Address Wake County Middle School Students

    Nearly 500 students from nine Wake County middle schools will join Duke University Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski at the PNC Arena at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 23. Coach Krzyzewski will encourage the students to continue reading at an end-of-year Ticket to Reading Rewards rally.

  • The Graduates – The pioneer class of the Emily K Center

    It’s 1965 on the North Side of Chicago. Living in a poor neighborhood about a mile from the United Center, a high school senior dreams of playing college basketball. With his mother busy scrubbing the floors late at night at the Chicago Athletic Club and his father working as an elevator operator, he looks to a local community center to help him reach his goals. Learning lessons of hard work and determination at the center, the young man springboards into a basketball career at the United States Military Academy. And on to become the winningest coach in the history of Division 1 basketball.

    Now it’s 2012 and nine high school seniors, all women, in Durham, North Carolina are dreaming too. Some dream of going into humanitarian aid. Others want to be accountants.

    But they all aspire to one day be the first in their families to graduate from college, a dream that The Emily Krzyzewski Center’s Scholars to College program is helping make a reality.

  • Coach K Receives Humanitarian Award

    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.

  • Vote for Coach K in Infiniti Coaches Challenge

    Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will participate in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge in an effort to raise $100,000 for his selected charity of the Emily Krzyzewski Center.

    Krzyzewski is one of 48 top college basketball coaches participating in the challenge, which invites fans to vote over an eight-week period that began on January 18. In total, Infiniti will contribute more than $300,000 to selected charities during the competition.

  • Coach K, Summitt: Sportsman, Sportswoman of the Year

    Time Inc. Sports Group editor Terry McDonell announced today that Tennessee’s Pat Summitt and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski are the 2011 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year. The NCAA’s all-time winningest women’s and men’s basketball coaches join an elite group of sports immortals, including Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe, Derek Jeter, Michael Jordan, Billie Jean King, Jack Nicklaus, Bobby Orr and Pete Rozelle to receive this award.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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