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A Letter from Curtis Marsh, the Director of the DeBruce Center

Photograph of Curtis Marsh, Director of the DeBruce CenterFellow Jayhawks,

As a first year student at KU, I watched in wide-eyed amazement as the 1987-1988 team won the national championship against impossible odds. Since that time, I’ve held the basketball team, the KU athletics program, and the university itself very close to my heart. It is an absolute honor to office on Naismith Drive and serve as the director of the DeBruce Center.

James Naismith’s two typed pages of the 13 rules are the world’s only known initiating document of a major sport. His 1939 radio interview during an NBA game in New York describes beautifully the moments leading up to the document’s creation. It takes my breath away every time I am close to them. It is a tremendous honor to come to work every day to the place where this document lives.

It is with an admitted bias that I join many in the Jayhawk Nation in thinking that our basketball story is beyond compare. So many of the country’s historically strong programs find their stories intertwined with KU’s. The coaching tree that spreads from Lawrence seems to shade the whole U.S.

The DeBruce Center is an energetic gathering place for past, present and future Jayhawks and basketball fans everywhere. While you’re visiting, be sure to check out the Courtside Café. Stop by the KU Info desk with all your KU questions, and enjoy every minute in this extraordinary facility.

Rock Chalk!

Curtis Marsh


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