• Coach K to Lead New Duke Children’s Hospital Program

    Posted: January 10th, 2014

    Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center, a nationally ranked pediatric academic medical center, announced the launch of Duke Children’s Community Partners, an all-inclusive giving program to benefit patients and families who rely on Duke Children’s for hope and healing. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski will serve as Duke Children’s Community Partners honorary chairman.

    Duke Children’s Community Partners officially kicks off 2014 fund-raising efforts for Duke Children’s, leading up to the 20th annual MIX 101.5 Radiothon for Duke Children’s on February 11-12, 2014. MIX 101.5 Radiothon is a lead example of community-wide fund-raising for Duke Children’s.

    “Duke Children’s Community Partners Program offers children, families and organizations the opportunity to utilize their creativity, skills and talents through fund-raising to provide immediate support for patients and families at Duke Children’s,” said Krzyzewski.

    Through Duke Children’s Community Partners Program, individuals and organizations are empowered to develop events and initiatives that meet their distinct interests and goals to fund-raise for MIX 101.5 Radiothon and for Duke Children’s year-round. Community Partners events should complement Duke Children’s mission to make life better for children.

    “Duke Children’s is engaging individuals and organizations in unprecedented ways to take ownership of fund-raising efforts that build on their unique strengths,” Krzyzewski said. “Community Partners offers endless possibilities and opportunities for communities to unite together in support of a loved one, neighbor, colleague or friend, both today and for future generations.”

    Proceeds raised through Duke Children’s Community Partners directly support Duke Children’s education, patient care and research.

    Top level Community Partners will be invited to Coach Krzyzewski’s annual Coach K Closed Practice Session for Duke Children’s. To learn more about Duke Children’s Community Partners Program, visit www.dukechildrens.org.

    Coach Krzyzewski will transfer his role from serving as the honorary chairman of the Duke Children’s Holiday and All-Occasion Card Program to the new Duke Children’s Community Partners Program. Duke Children’s Card Program raised more than $1,500,000 in its 32 years to support research, education and care.

    “Duke Children’s Card Program legacy of children helping children will expand through Community Partners to engage a greater population of advocates and compassionate donors in support of Duke Children’s,” said Coach Krzyzewski.
    Duke Children’s Holiday and All-Occasion cards are available year-round on Duke Children’s Card website, www.dukechildrenscards.org.

    Source: http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=22724&SPID=1845&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209368396&DB_OEM_ID=4200


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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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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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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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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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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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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