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Medal of Freedom honors Dean Smith's legacy on and off the court

While at Topeka High School, Dean Smith lobbied the principal to desegregate the varsity basketball team. As the Tar Heels’ coach, he recruited the first black scholarship athlete to UNC, Charlie Scott, in 1966. “Coach Smith coached 36 years and won two national champs but I think he was given the award for the type of person he was and the impact he made on society,” Scott said Thursday. (Durham Herald-Sun)

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