CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today presented Chicago native and Duke University men's basketball coach Michael Krzyzewski - Coach K - with the Order of Lincoln, the state’s highest honor.
“From college athletes to world superstars, Coach K has been an inspiration to all. He has taught countless people how to act with character and purpose, and inspired generations to dream big.
“Through his decades of dedication and perseverance as a coach, to his service and charity with young students, Coach K has brought honor to our state.
“It’s an honor present Coach K with the state’s highest award and thank him for the continued inspiration he brings to basketball fans across the country.”
Krzyzewski received the Order of Lincoln on Saturday at the Art Institute of Chicago as part of the 50th Annual Convocation of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. The Lincoln Academy is a non-partisan, independent organization which administers the award and chooses each year's honorees.