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UNC cheer team, too, fulfilling dreams at Final Four

I started cheering when I was 4 years old. One of the first goals I remember having was to become a Carolina Cheerleader and don that powder blue uniform on the sideline at the Dean E. Smith Center. Fast-forward 18 years: I’ve cheered in the Dean Dome too many times to count and am flying to Houston to cheer on my beloved Tar Heels in the NCAA's Final Four. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Rameses: A Mascot’s Story

The image of Rameses the ram sneers out from all manner of University of North Carolina memorabilia. His angry glare can be spotted on shirts, hats, keychains and bumper stickers. Of course, most Tar Heels know that there are really two different Rameses that represent the school at events both sporting and non-sporting. (UNC.edu)

UNC cheerleader scores fiancée at Homecoming

Those who attended UNC’s homecoming game versus Duke on Saturday were treated to seeing a Tar Heel proposal.UNC cheerleader Vinny Corwin, a senior, proposed to his girlfriend of three years, senior Carol DeSalva, who is also on the cheerleading team. Corwin did pushups to count the points after UNC’s first touchdown and then dropped down on one knee to propose. (Daily Tar Heel)

Rameses Goes Country

The Country Music Association held their annual awards show Wednesday night. The CMA’s were hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. Paisley’s performance featured a familiar face to Tar Heels. Rameses was featured with various other college mascots during the performance of “Country Nation.” (Chapelboro.com)

Rameses Jr. is young Tar Heels’ newest, wooliest pal

UNC fans who attended Late Night with Roy in the Smith Center Friday were treated to an introduction to UNC’s newest mascot: Rameses Jr. R.J. sported blue eyes and horns in a familiar Pantone #278 that distinguished him from his more senior counterpart, Rameses. Brown Walters, director of spirit programs, said the idea of Rameses Jr. was about a year in the making. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC hospitals to name transplant clinic after former Tar Heel mascot

Jason Ray was the UNC-Chapel Hill mascot killed in 2007 during the Final Four game in New Jersey. Sunday, UNC Hospitals is naming the Transplant Clinic in his honor. When Jason applied for his first driver's license, he checked the box to be an organ donor. Jason's organs ended up saving four men. His parents have been able to meet all four. (WBTV)

Jason Ray’s life work continues at UNC

The spirit and vitality of Jason Ray continues to touch lives through the Jay Ray Foundation, which has major fundraisers coming this month. The 7th Annual Jason Ray Foundation Dinner/Auction and golf event will be held Sunday, Sept. 20, and Monday, Sept. 21, in Chapel Hill. UNC Hospital, UNC Athletics and the Kenan Flagler Business School are joining forces as sponsors. (Concord Independent Tribune)

Jason Ray Fundraiser & Golf Tourney Sept. 20-21

UNC's Finley Golf Course will host a fundraising tournament for the Jason Ray Foundation on Monday September 21 in Chapel Hill. The tournament will follow the dinner and live auction on the evening of Sunday September 20. Jason Ray was the UNC Rameses mascot who was killed in a auto-pedestrian accident while in New Jersey with the Tar Heel men's basketball team at the 2007 NCAA Tournament. (GoHeels.com)

Video: The History Behind UNC's Rameses

In 1924, a ram was selected to be UNC's mascot, and one was brought from Texas to the Hogan farm in Chapel Hill. Ninety years later, the tradition carries on. (The ACC)

Rameses becomes a father to triplets

Rameses has once again become more than UNC’s iconic living mascot — he has also become a father. About 13 days ago, a living tradition was continued with the birth of triplet baby rams. All three lambs were born at Hogan’s Magnolia View Farm located on Old N.C. 86. The Hogan family has volunteered to take care of the Rameses lineage since the mascot’s inception. (Daily Tar Heel)

Girls And Women In Sports Day Means Fun For All

Athletes of all ages found much to celebrate Sunday as UNC commemorated National Girls and Women in Sports Day with an event at the Eddie Smith Indoor Field House. Student-athletes from most of the Tar Heel women's sports teams, as well as the UNC cheerleading squad, came out to spend part of the afternoon interacting with young girls and boys, teaching sports skills and having fun. (GoHeels.com)

Extra Points: Dominion, Indeed

Among all the noteworthy athletic and physical wonders seen in Kenan Stadium on Saturday—and they were considerable—one of the most remarkable occurred late in the third quarter in the west end zone in front of the UNC student section. There, senior cheerleader Jack Vynalek pumped out 80 pushups, one for each point the Tar Heels had posted on the scoreboard. (GoHeels.com)

Saturday Marks 6th Anniversary Of Former UNC Mascot's Passing

Saturday is the sixth anniversary of former UNC mascot Jason Ray’s passing. Jason was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in 2007. “It does not get any easier. It feels like when I say he’s been gone six years, it feels like it’s been 60,” said Charlotte Ray, Jason’s mother. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC, Duke mascots share secrets inside the suits

They are the ultimate school cheerleaders, but players, coaches and fans don’t know their names, what they look like or the sound of their voices. The men inside the Duke Blue Devil and UNC Rameses mascot costumes say they plan to keep it that way. The mascot metamorphosis is so shrouded in secrecy that the men are not even allowed to tell those closest to them about their undercover job. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Hogan family continues to care for UNC mascot

Rocky is a typical young Dorset Horned sheep most days, dining on grass and kicking up his heels in the pasture at Magnolia View Farm in Orange County. But when there is a nip in the air and autumn leaves are falling, Rocky, with his horns painted a particular shade of light blue, is led into Kenan Memorial Stadium in front of a cheering crowd and becomes Rameses XX — the most famous ram in the state. (Associated Press)

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