DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke Athletics department received the Ronald McDonald House of Durham/Wake Counties highest honor, the Heart of Gold Award, last Friday at the organization’s annual Hearts of Gold Gala. The Heart of Gold Award recognizes leadership, service and generosity.
The relationship between Duke Athletics and Ronald McDonald House (RMH) has covered 37 years, beginning when the organization opened its doors in 1980.
The Duke women’s basketball program began the connection, raising money for RMH through its annual Ronald McDonald Classic Tournament and activities with the children. A decorated ceiling tile from nay years ago has become a tradition that is still today providing families a means to celebrate healing and remember those lost.
Over the years, the partnership between Duke Athletics and RMH has grown to include multiple teams, coaches and players. Blue Devils have volunteered in every way by cooking meals, raising money, doing chores, making hospital visits, playing BINGO and much more.
During the 2015-16 academic year, more than 500 Duke student-athletes participated in approximately 2,000 hours of community service and leadership across various organizations in the Duke and Durham community.