Teaming up to build champions

Courtesy: Iron Dukes
Release: July 02, 2018
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Iron Dukes member and Duke professor, George Grody, is teaming up with Duke Athletics to help make the Duke student-athlete experience possible. Hear how George is choosing to invest in Duke student-athletes.

“I used to be like many of you—A Duke grad (Class of '81 for me), proud of my Duke degree, proudly wearing my Duke gear, and a huge fan of Duke Athletics. After retiring I came back to Duke to teach. As I've had the opportunity to teach and mentor Duke student-athletes, the big change for me has been becoming less of a Duke fan and infinitely more of a Duke student-athlete fan. I don't see myself as donating to Duke; instead, I invest in Duke student-athletes!” George Grody '81


Current Duke University Marching Band Director, Jeff Au, and Marching Band Board member, Dr. Mike Rosen T'84, “teamed up” to create the first ever operating endowment in support of the Duke University Marching Band.  A long time vision for Jeff, this endowment was created to provide an opportunity for former band members to honor their directors and all they contributed to Duke.  Furthermore, this endowment will provide additional operating support for the marching band for years to come and will positively impact the experience of all Duke University band members.


The Duke Squash Endowment Fund was led by four ambitious Duke families, and the strong passion for the sport of squash. Kenneth W. Hubbard & Victoria Dauphinot, Robert & Gillian Steel, Bernard F. Curry III & Cynthia Foster and Daniel Eugene Waters & Victoria Bostock Waters, “teamed up” to create the first Squash Club operating endowment. Moreover, the enthusiasm to make Duke Squash Club the very best club they can be and to have funds available to the club, in perpetuity. 

clifford perry

Cliff's wife, Elizabeth “Buff” Perry, and their children, Elizabeth, Annie, and Cliff III, “teamed up” to surprise their father with an operational endowment for Duke Men's Golf. The family wanted to cement Cliff's legacy within the golf programs by creating this endowment which will provide operational support to the teams in perpetuity. In keeping with their family tradition, Cliff's father also has an athletics scholarship endowment.

field hockey

The Duke True Campaign was led by four Field Hockey alumni who had aspirations of engaging and growing the support of the field hockey program. The campaign set out to raise $1 Million which could not be done by only one person, so over 75 donors came together to raise the resources necessary to rebuild the Field Hockey building. Former players, parents, and friends of the program “teamed up” to help make the Duke Field Hockey team's dream come true.

mary dinkins

In honor of her years of service to Duke Football and Duke Athletics, Scott Wolcott has created an endowment in honor of Mary Dinkins. During her 44 years serving Duke, Mary served as a student worker for the Football Program, assistant to the Head Football Coach and Director of the Varsity Club before retiring in 2016. In the fall of 2016, Mary was inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame for her lifelong commitment to Duke Athletics. Mary has been a fixture here and has served as the connection back to Duke for hundreds of Duke student-athletes. Her love for and relationship with every athlete to pass through Duke during her years here is priceless. Scott will spearhead the charge to get others to donate in honor of Mary and all she means to Duke. 

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