Dean Smith Willed His Trust To Send Every Single One Of His Former Players A $200.00 Check

Christian Datoc Senior White House Correspondent
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College basketball lost a legend this past season when former University of North Carolina coach Dean Smith passed away at the age of 83.

Known as much for his character off the court as for his prowess on it, Smith left a legacy on the game that extended far beyond basketball, and thanks to Twitter, the world was able to witness one last moment of greatness.

Coach Smith willed his trust to send a $200.00 check to every single UNC letterman that played under his tenure, and the trust’s executors followed through with his wishes on Thursday.

Here’s a complete transcript of the letter:

Dear Dante,

As you are aware Coach Dean Smith passed away on February 7, 2015. As Trustee of the Dean E. Smith Revocable Trust, I am responsible for carrying out the directions of Coach Smith with respect to a small bequest to each varsity bsketball letterman he coached.

Each player was important and special to Coach Smith and when he prepared his estate plan, Coach wanted to reach out to each of his letterman. Accordingly, Coach directed that following his passing each letterman be sent a two hundred dollars ($200.00) check with the message “enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith.” Enclosed is a check in the amount of two hundred dollars ($200.00) with the notation “Dinner Out.”

Please enjoy your dinner out.


Tim Breedlove

It doesn’t get much classier than that.

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