• My 1st ever Duke game in person

    Posted: December 2nd, 2010

    I am a die hard fan of Duke Basketball I’ve been cheering the Blue Devils since 7th grade I decided one night to write a letter to Coach K and I did a couple weeks later I got a team picture from Duke I was like wow. I am the Varsity Boys Basketball manager of Elk Lake High School in Dimock PA.

    Last year two days after the season ended it was Monday March 1st 2010 two days before Duke played Maryland I was in Mr. Weisgold’s math class a couple minutes after he gave me an assignment Mr. Weisgold and Mr. Warnero pulled me out of class they asked me what I was planning on doing Wednesday March 3rd 2010. I thought I was going home after school but nope the two coaches got me tickets to see the Maryland Terripans host the Duke Blue Devils.

    I was so speechless I couldn’t believe I was going to my first ever Duke game I had the best time ever accept Duke lost 79-72 but think about this, Duke went on to win both the ACC and NCAA Tournament I will never forget that day it was the best time ever. Coach K your the best coach I’ve ever seen in my life both on TV and in person.


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

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.

- 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.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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