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UNC to celebrate Dean Smith's life Feb. 22

The impromptu memorial to longtime UNC basketball coach Dean Smith is growing in front of the Dean Smith Center on campus Monday morning. Smith died late Saturday after an extended illness.
The impromptu memorial to longtime UNC basketball coach Dean Smith is growing in front of the Dean Smith Center on campus Monday morning. Smith died late Saturday after an extended illness. hlynch@newsobserver.com

Seating for Sunday’s celebration of the life of Dean Smith will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Smith Center doors will open at 1 p.m. The program will feature remarks from several of Coach Smith’s lettermen, close friends and coaching colleagues. Chancellor Carol L. Folt will provide a welcome, and Woody Durham, former Tar Heel sports announcer, will introduce the speakers. There also will be video tributes, special performances by Carolina musical groups and the UNC-Chapel Hill Band. Attendees are asked to come prepared for a program that should last approximately two hours. Individuals are allowed to bring sealed bottled water into the arena.

For those who prefer to tune in from home, the service will be carried live on GoHeels.com, ESPN3 and on UNC’s YouTube channel. It also may be seen and heard on many television and radio affiliates across the state.

Attendees are encouraged to use designated, free park and ride shuttles from the Friday Center. The shuttles will begin running at 12:30 p.m. and will continue until service attendees depart the Smith Center (approximately 4:30 p.m.).

Public parking on campus will be available in the Craige deck , the Jackson Circle deck, the Bell Tower deck, and the Cardinal deck. Disability parking will be in the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) lot with shuttle service to the Smith Center. Shuttles from the ACC lot and Cardinal deck will begin at 12:30 p.m. and continue until approximately 4:30 p.m. Those who drive to campus should expect a traffic pattern similar to that used for men’s home basketball games and proximate parking to the Smith Center will be restricted.

Individuals wishing to make a contribution in Smith’s memory should feel free to give to one of following organizations:

The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, based in Chapel Hill. The organization lives out Smith’s values of caring for the poor and those in need. For more information, contact The IFC.

The Dean E. Smith Opening Doors Fund will support talented undergraduate students who need significant financial assistance to attend Carolina. It will also provide financial support to graduate students in education and social work — two fields close to Smith’s heart. For more information on the fund, contact UNC Development.

Individuals may also give to the charity of their choice to honor Smith and the values he exemplified.

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