DURHAM- Duke’s Athletic Facilities, Gaming Operations, Championships and Events (AFGO) department has been honored as the 2021-22 Duke Presidential Award winner.
The 11-person AFGO team played a pivotal role in planning and executing COVID-19 safety protocols that protected student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans. They have provided and administered over 150,000 COVID-19 tests to staff, coaches and student-athletes. They also oversaw the approximately 200 college sports game days and 50 on-campus and outdoor events that took place in 2021.
“The AFGO department’s work ethic, desire to serve and problem-solving ability speaks to the character of the department,” the vice president and athletic director said. Nina King said in the appointment. “AFGO team members can solve a diverse set of problems and bring enthusiasm and dedication to every event, embodying Duke values and making them great ambassadors for the university.”
These individuals and groups are great examples of the dedication, resilience, and creativity that have enabled Duke University and Duke University Health System to continue to teach, discover, heal, learn, and serve during the COVID pandemic.
The awards, hosted by the Office of the President in partnership with Duke Human Resources, honor individuals and teams across the university and health system who best demonstrate the values of respect, trust, inclusion, discovery, and excellence, which define and shape Duke as an institution.
“I am delighted to recognize this extraordinary group of staff and faculty with the Presidential Award, our highest honor for service and excellence,” said the president of Duke University. Vincent E. Price. “The individual and team winners — who were selected from nominations from the academic communities and the healthcare system — demonstrate a commitment to Duke’s values and the qualities that make it such a special place to work. I am especially grateful. to the Presidential Awards Committee, who have devoted much time and attention to making these important recognitions possible.”