As he has fallen in love with the most American of sports, the bonds he has formed have stretched well past the gridiron.
“Coming here was tough because one day you are in China then suddenly you are in America,” he said. “I wanted to be here, but everything is so different. But it took my teammates about five minutes to start to like me. They help me with everything, and even in school they are my best friends. Coach A and the rest of the coaches have also helped me so much. They will do anything for me.”
Du will continue to attend school at Central throughout the year, and hopes to play for the tennis team in the spring. He will then go to China for the summer, and next fall will return to Lawrence, and will be back in uniform for the Raiders.
“Of course I’ll be playing football again,” he said. “Football is the best experience I have had in America. I love it. Being on the sidelines, supporting the team for the (varsity) games is so much fun. Especially when you are really nervous, like last week against Lowell (a 42-34 thrilling win). That was so exciting. And I get to do it with my best friends.”
Du's nickname Knowing his name would be difficult for his American friends and teachers to say, Kuiye Du quickly offered up an easier alternative. "On the first day (of football) when everyone is picking up their equipment, I am always the last station where people give me their names," said Central Catholic football coach Chuck Adamopoulos. "I asked him his name and he said, 'Kuiye Du, but you can call me Will.' "I looked at him and said, 'Will Du (pronounced like Will Do), really?' He chuckled. That's the kind of personality he has. He's a character." Story in his words For a video interview with Central Catholic football's Kuiye "Will" Du, visit eagletribune.com.