The goal of community service within Duke Athletics is to give student-athletes the opportunity to support and become involved with the organizations they connect with and has a passion for. Every student-athlete is given the chance to be involved and understand the value of servant leadership.
Below are examples of the resources and programs that student-athletes have access to during their careers:
Read with the Blue Devils The Read with the Blue Devils Program continues its partnership with the Durham County Sheriff‘s Department to promote the value of reading. The RWBD program aims to promote the necessity of hard work and literacy to elementary schools in Durham County. The program is composed of providing elementary students who read for a minimum of fifteen minutes a night various reading level incentives and Duke student-athlete school visits. During each visit Durham Police Officers talk to the elementary school students about the consequences of choices good and bad, followed by Duke student-athletes reading a short story, and finishing with a questions and answers session.
Ronald McDonald House Duke student-athletes visit the Durham Ronald McDonald House to support the first home built outside of an NFL affiliated city. Student-athlete organize game nights, create a menu and prepare meals for the families who have traveled a distances near and far to be at Durham Ronald McDonald House.
BKB Foundation – College Connection Duke Athletics annually hosts eight students Hart Middle School located in Washington, D.C. in support of the Brian K. Betts Foundation for Educational Enrichment. These students are introduced to the prospect of attending college at an early age. The day provides the students with a tour of campus, attending a class, interaction with Duke student-athletes, an admissions session and attending a basketball game. The BKB Foundation’s mission is to expose the middle school students to a life outside of their environment in D.C. and inspire them to reach their potential.