Friday, March 27, 2015
When Dean Smith died I wrote about his outstanding life -- as a basketball coach at UNC and as a human being. He championed civil rights in the south when it was unpopular and dangerous. He stayed in touch with his players long after they graduated. Some of them say they consulted "Coach" before making any big life decisions because they trusted him completely.
Now comes some more good news about Dean Smith. In his will, he has left $200 to each of his students who earned a Varsity letter at UNC. He encouraged them to enjoy a great dinner as his treat.
One of the moments in my life when I felt the most pride was learning that my son's high school English teacher had left money in his will to Bill -- recognizing him as one of his favorite students. Bill used the gift to take his high school buddies to an NBA game.