Holiday cards with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski

lkeeley@newsobserver.comNovember 7, 2012 

The five winning designs for this year's Duke Children's Hospital Cards.

Mike Krzyzewski has been at Duke 33 years. For 32 of those, he has been the chairman of the Duke Children's Card Program.

Every year, the Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center hold a contest in which kids from all over North Carolina submit designs for all-occasion and holiday card contest. Wednesday morning, Krzyzewski introduced each of the artists and their designs and also filmed a few TV and radio advertisements with the winners.

He also asked each of them about the ideas behind their designs.

"I like birds and snow," Hannah Blankenship, a fourth-grade student at Durham's Holt Elementary, said about her card, Blue Jay's Snowy Day. "So, I put them together."

"Will you come to practice and show my players how to put things together?" Krzyzewski asked, drawing laughs from the audience.

The winners ranged from 3 years old (Micah Hollowell with Santa's Special Beard) to a senior in high school (Danya DeVine with Parakeets). Breanna Dills designed Gathering of Snowmen (she told Krzyzewski that she always makes her snowmen look happy)and Faith Ann Revis submitted Snowy Snuggle, drawing praise for her creativity.

The cards, which the entire Duke athletic department as well as the basketball team uses when sending out holiday cheer, are available locally at select Harris Teeter, Barnes & Noble, Duke Credit Union locations in addition to Duke Bookstores, Duke Hospital gift shops and the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club. They are also available for purchase at dukechildrenscards.org.

After the ceremony, Krzyzewski posed for pictures with the artists and their teachers, families and card sponsors. He also signed a few autographs, including one for Revis, which read, "To Faith Ann: you have a very special talent! - Mike Krzyzewski."

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