For the 2021-2022 season 10% of all 50/50 proceeds will go directly to the DW Foundation. The DW foundation is run and founded by NC State basketball legend Dereck Whittenburg and lifetime educator Jacqueline Whittenburg. In honor of their the partnership, Dereck Whittenburg will be on hand to drop the ceremonial faceoff for the the 2021-2022 season.
According to the foundation, "The mission of the Dereck Whittenburg foundation is to extend the hands of financial assistance to deserving college students that find themselves facing the hindrance of finance as the barrier to their completion of college degrees. " According to team President, Parker Szarek '22, "It's special to be able to partner with someone who has given so much to the his university and continues to give so much back. There is no one more passionate about NC State than Whitt and it is an honor to contribute to his work."
The Mantra of the foundation; "Dream. Believe. Work. Now Finish!" has been adopted by the Icepack, which includes signage in their locker room as daily reminder of what can happen when you dream big, work hard go after it. Just like Dereck Whittenburg's coach at State, Jim Valvano, dreamed and worked to bring a national title back to NC State, so to does the Icepack. The Icepack look to make this a championship partnership in more ways than one.