Culture of Champions
Spirit. Effort. Pride.
Men's Basketball Team
NCAA National Champions 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010
Duke Camaraderie. We live the spirit.
Twenty five years ago, a small group of students gathered in a tent pitched outside the International House to celebrate Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. As the founding members of the organization now known as Diya, the students commemorated the holiday with traditional cuisine cooked by friends. Over the years, the members decided to host a public Diwali celebration and hosted their first production in the Giles Dormitory common room.
Today, the Diwali event—whose name was changed to AWAAZ in 1999— is the university’s largest student-run production, involving more than 400 students from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Diya co-president of internal affairs Sandeep Prasanna, who also writes a column for The Chronicle, said, “We draw so many non-South Asian students to the show... in the performance, in the production and in the audience.”
AWAAZ is an annual fall cultural show planned, produced and arranged by the student group Diya.
A tradition of winning.
*The highest in NCAA Division 1 athletics
Duke Athletics by the Numbers
Team National Championships
Individual National Champions
69 National Players of the Year
All-Americans in 24 different sports
At Duke, athletics involve serious fun: skill, finesse, intelligence, strategy, passion and above all, heart. Our athletes play because they love the game, their teammates and representing the Blue Devils.
There's just something about Duke sports. Even if you're not a dedicated sports fan, it's tough to resist the infectious fun that exists at Duke, as when the main university quad fills with blue-painted students cheering around a bonfire after a big win. There's a real camaraderie and an incredible sense of spirit—and running around a bonfire after a huge win with your face painted blue along with everyone you know is something you'll only experience at Duke.
The greatest rivalry in all sports is more than just a game.
Arguably the greatest rivalry in all sports, and we love it. Where else would you find three million people tuning in to watch a mid-season basketball game that may decide only a few weeks of bragging rights -- or being ranked #1. It brings people together -- a point of connection and conversation anywhere you might be. And only Duke students get to take their place right in the middle of something that so many people care so passionately and intelligently about.