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Phil Ford Golf Classic helps Boys & Girls Clubs

As he prepared to take to the links at Benvenue Country Club on Saturday morning, basketball legend James Worthy recalled how the countless hours he spent as youngster at the Gaston Boys & Girls Club had molded him. “Basically, we all grew up in the Boys & Girls clubs,” said Worthy, an NBA champion who was among the athletes participating in this year’s Phil Ford Golf Classic Gala. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Brad Daugherty has another passion: Auto racing

Growing up in Black Mountain, N.C., just outside of Asheville, Brad Daugherty learned to love two sports — college basketball and auto racing. “My two passions are racing and college basketball,” Daugherty said Wednesday. “I love college basketball. I’m a huge college basketball fan. And I got my love of auto racing from my dad.” Daugherty first made a name for himself on the basketball court. (Syracuse Post-Standard)

2002 McDonald's All-Americans: Where are they now?

Felton spent three years in Chapel Hill and helped the Tar Heels win the national title in 2005. He was in Charlotte for the first five years of his NBA career before signing with New York in 2010 and then being dealt to Denver in a three-way deal. Felton's career NBA averages are 13.7 points and 6.7 assists. (CBS Sports)

Annual Phil Ford Gold Classic receives record support

Participation in this year’s Phil Ford Golf Classic Gala is at an all-time high, with tickets for the event that starts Friday being sold out for the past month. Former Tar Heel and current Indiana Pacer Tyler Hansbrough will be the guest speaker at Friday’s dinner and cocktail party at Benvenue Country Club. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Randolph Childress joins Wake Forest Staff

Former Demon Deacon All-American basketball player Randolph Childress is easily one of the most memorable Wake Forest athletes of all time. His cross-over of former UNC point guard Jeff McInnis in the 1995 ACC tournament is still one of the more talked about plays. Thursday, Wake Forest Athletic Director Ron Wellman announced that Childress will be a part of the present Wake Forest staff. (Examiner.com)

Half-Man, Half-Amazing: VinSanity Contributes $2.5M to UNC During Lockout

Having reportedly earned over $130M in salary during his 13-year professional career, Vince Carter has not hoarded his riches. His alma mater announced Wednesday that he recently made a $2.5M gift to the Carolina Basketball Family Fund, an endowment that “will support the...men’s basketball program for years to come.” His contribution, the largest in the history of the fund, will go toward supporting and expanding Letterman’s Lane on the Chapel Hill campus. (Rush the Court)

David Glenn Chats With Eric Montross, Aug. 11

David Glenn recently caught up with former UNC big man -and current basketball analyst -Eric Montross on Glenn’s afternoon radio show. Among the topics they discussed: Whether scholarship athletes deserve more financial compensation from their universities; the effect all the turmoil surrounding the UNC football team has had on Montross; what his role will be in UNC’s search for a new AD; and what Carolina fans should expect from that process. (ACC Sports Journal)

At The N.C. Pro-Am: The Rucker of The South

"When Rasheed walks in," said Erroll Reese, an organizer of the Greater North Carolina Pro-Am, "everyone's all like, 'Sheeeeeeeeeeed.' You'll see." He was referring to Rasheed Wallace, a regular on the campus of North Carolina Central University, where we were standing … and sweating. It was a Wednesday night at the N.C. Pro-Am. (Grantland.com)

UNC walkway named for Vince Carter, who donated $2.5 million

“Letterman’s Lane,” the brick walkway between the Smith Center and Koury Natatorium on North Carolina’s campus, will now be named for Vince Carter. The school announced today that the former All America has made a $2.5 million donation to the Carolina Basketball Family Fund, which paid for the renovations to the Smith Center basketball offices in 2010 and will support the operating endowment for the men’s basketball program. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Vince Carter Makes Large Gift To Basketball Family Fund

Former UNC All-America Vince Carter has made a $2.5 million donation to the Carolina Basketball Family Fund, head coach Roy Williams announced on Wednesday. The gift is the largest to date to the Family Fund, which paid for the renovations of the basketball offices in the Smith Center in 2010 and will support the operating endowment for the men's basketball program for years to come. (Tar Heel Blue)

Family Funded

Along with the Tar Heels’ three national championships since the building opened and even with the recent designation of Carolina as the “most valuable” college basketball program in the country, the Dean E. Smith Center has been quietly aging. Which is why the recent renovations at the Smith Center were of paramount importance for the basketball program. (Inside Carolina)

New Orleans Hornets hire veteran assistant Dave Hanners

New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams has hired Dave Hanners to join his staff as an assistant, the team announced Tuesday morning. Hanners replaces former Hornets assistant Michael Malone. Prior to his NBA career, Hanners spent 11 seasons on the University of North Carolina basketball staff under Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith and Bill Guthridge. (NOLA.com)

Q&A with Danny Green Part 1: Talking Greece, Spurs and more

What of the reports you are off to Greece and Olympiakos. Is there any truth to that? Danny Green: There was a rumor. I mean obviously I want to play. I don't just want to sit at home. I want to stay in shape, and find somewhere else to play and to make money at the same time. But I can't do that without an out clause and Olympiakos, I don't think, gives anybody a contract without an out clause. (Project Spurs)

Michael Jordan offers Tiger Woods advice on returning to the top

Basketball legend Michael Jordan has no doubt Tiger Woods will return to the height of his powers. Jordan, a social golf partner, says Woods has finally acknowledged his issues and will hit back hard when he gets back on the course. "I think he's waiting to explode again," said Jordan. "The biggest thing is that I've always - and I'm pretty sure Tiger has, too - used sport as a therapeutic tool," he said. (Melbourne Herald Sun)

Former Tar Heel star Eric Montross visits New Bern

Eric Montross, the color analyst for the Tar Heel Sports Network, was in New Bern earlier this week promoting local radio stations 94.1 WNBU and 94.3 WRHD, which will carry UNC football and basketball games. Montross was joined by partner Jones Angell, a 1997 Jacksonville High School graduate who is in his first year as the Tar Heels play-by-play announcer after taking over for the retired Woody Durham. (Jacksonville Daily News)

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