FILE - In an Oct. 9, 1997 file photo, North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith smiles during a news conference in Chapel Hill, N.C.,where he announced his retirement. Smith, the North Carolina basketball coaching great who won two national championships
Bob Jordan, File
February 09, 2015

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina will hold a public memorial service for Dean Smith on Feb. 22.

The school says the service will take place in the campus arena bearing the name of the Hall of Fame coach, who died Saturday at the age of 83.

The family has scheduled a private church service for Thursday for family, close friends, former players, coaches and team managers - who are asked to RSVP if they want to attend.

In a statement released by the school Monday, Smith's family said it is ''comforted by the countless gestures and words'' from well-wishers.

The family also asked people to donate to the Chapel Hill-based Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, the Dean E. Smith Opening Doors Fund or a charity of their choice in lieu of flowers.

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