Dear Duke Fans,
We are half way through the academic year and it has been a great year so far. Duke has won ACC Championships in Women’s Cross Country and Men’s Soccer, as well as finishing second in the NCAA Field Hockey Championships and third in the NCAA Women’s Cross Country Championships. As of the writing of this letter, our men’s and women’s basketball teams are currently ranked number one and two in the country.
Not only do we perennially have the best men and women’s basketball programs, we also have the greatest game facility in the country in Cameron Indoor Stadium. However, as a practice facility for men’s and women’s basketball and a multi-purpose gymnasium for other sports such as wrestling and volleyball, Cameron has become woefully inadequate. When not in use by one of our athletic teams, the facility is often used by groups and organizations from across campus and the Triangle community for activities ranging from concerts to graduation exercises. This forces us to make scheduling compromises throughout the year and has the potential to become a serious impediment to the success of all the programs that use Cameron. And it is important to understand that the continued excellence of all of our teams is to a great extent dependent upon the success of the basketball program. We need to act now to maintain Cameron as the best game facility in the country and to meet the practice and programming needs of our entire department.
The information on this website describes the Michael W. Krzyzewski Center for Athletic Excellence, a new facility dedicated to training our student-athletes in their quest for athletic and academic success. The Center for Athletic Excellence will have an impact upon Duke University and the athletic program in three principle ways: it will provide two practice courts for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, a new and expanded academic center for use by all student-athletes, and a center for the campus community for events requiring space for 300-400 people.
While your annual support of the Iron Dukes is our first priority, we also want to offer you the opportunity to participate in building this important facility. The total cost will be $15 million and I am pleased to report that as of December 31, 2005, we have already received $8,050,000 in cash and pledges. We hope to start construction at the end of the current basketball season so your help is needed now. I invite you to use the enclosed pledge card to express your interest and financial commitment. As always, we are grateful for your support.
Director of Athletics