Coach Dean Smith Left $200 to Each of His Former Players for ‘Dine Out’ on Him

Famous NCAA coach Dean Smith of the University of North Carolina men’s basketball may have died February 7 at the age of 83, but the news about him did not end in funeral arrangements and fitting tributes.

He made sure each of the players he coached would feel special. Smith left $200 for each of his players so they can dine out ‘compliments of Coach Dean Smith.’

Dante Calabria, who played for Coach Smith in the mid-1990s is one of Smith’s former players who received the letter with cash gift.

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 basketball 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 dollar ($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 notation “dinner out”.

Please enjoy your dinner out.

Coach Dean Smith coached North Carolina for 36 seasons. The trustee told ESPN.com that 180 checks were sent out, which would put the total value of the dinners at $36,000.

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