Coach Dean Smith funeral and memorial announcement

A public memorial service will be held for Coach Dean Smith Sunday, February 22, at 2 p.m. The memorial will be held in the Dean E. Smith Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The family will hold a private church service Thursday morning, February 12.

"We are comforted by the countless gestures and words from people near and far offering their condolences," the Smith family said in a statement issued Monday. "Although we are unable to respond to each individual, we deeply appreciate everyone reaching out to share how Coach Smith touched their lives. We will continue to celebrate his life and remember him, today and forever."

The family has said that in lieu of flowers, individuals should feel free to make a memorial contribution to one of the 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 Coach Smith and the values he exemplified.