Duke basketball: Mike Krzyzewski makes large donation to NC Food Bank

Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images)
Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images) /

Mike Krzyzewski has made a large donation to a North Carolina Food Bank on behalf of the Duke basketball program in order to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

The Brotherhood Connect has become a fixture in the lives of Duke basketball fans via the team’s social media platforms.

While former Blue Devil and current Director of Basketball Operations Nolan Smith has welcomed former and current players to the show, Friday afternoon might have been the best and most important episode yet.

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Smith dedicated the episode to raising awareness for the COVID-19 pandemic by having Jennifer Caslin, the manager of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, on the show.

As Caslin explained the efforts she was taking in helping those affected by the novel coronavirus, Nolan Smith brought in Kevin Marchetti, the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bay Grove, as well as a manager for the Duke basketball team in his time in Durham, the head manager in 2000.

Smith then brought out the real special guest of the meeting in Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Kevin Marchetti broke the news to Jennifer Caslin that his company, Lineage Logistics-Bay Grove, alongside the Krzyzewski family and the Duke basketball program, would donate $250,000 to the food bank to help all those impacted by COVID-19.


Krzyzewski lauded all the work that the first responders and essential workers have been doing in these unprecedented times and shared some fond memories of student managers in his time at Duke.

Coach K also dropped two “Holy Mackerel’s” during his short time on the episode, which is when you know Krzyzewski is serious about what he is talking about.

The Duke basketball program has been one of the leading collegiate teams in helping the fight against COVID-19 with former players such as Jayson Tatum, Kyrie Irving, Zion Williamson, and Seth Curry donating to support to their hometowns as well as their NBA cities while Krzyzewski interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on his radio show, Basketball and Beyond with Coach K.

Alongside Mike Krzyzewski and the entire Duke basketball program, we all salute and owe a debt of gratitude to those fighting COVID-19 on the frontlines.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.