DURHAM, N.C. -- Members of the Duke men's basketball team carved time out from their summer class and training schedules last week to stop by the Emily K Center for a visit with the organization's day campers.
The Blue Devils, including seniors Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry, freshmen Rasheed Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson, and former Duke standout Sean Dockery, talked to the Emily K Center's campers about the importance of working hard both on the court and in the classroom. The Blue Devils took time to answer the campers' questions and talk about what role basketball plays in their lives. Each player's message focused on the following tenants: Work hard; Study hard; Exceed expectation; and Believe in your dreams.
The Emily K Center, a non-profit organization in Durham, was established in 2006 and named in honor of Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski's mother. The organization's mission is to inspire students to dream big, act with character and purpose, and reach their potential as leaders in their community. The Center's K to College Model serves academically-focused, low-income students in out-of-school programming designed to help them achieve in school, gain entry to college, and break the cycle of poverty in their families. In addition, the Center serves nearly 1,500 students and community members monthly through the use of the Center's multipurpose rooms, gymnasium and performance stage.
For information about volunteering, donating or visiting the Emily K Center when in Durham, visit the Emily K website www.emilyk.org.