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UNC Hospitals names transplant clinic for Jason Ray

UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill will dedicate the Jason Ray Transplant Clinic this Saturday, April 16, to honor his memory and the contributions of his family and friends. Ray is the former UNC student from Concord who died tragically in an auto-pedestrian accident while he was traveling with Tar Heels as the Rameses mascot at the 2007 NCAA basketball tournament. (Independent Tribune)

10 more facts on Taylor Hartzog and Marcus Paige

On Friday, The Daily Tar Heel published "You are the turning queen," a feature on dance team captain Taylor Hartzog. The story focuses on her as a dancer and her relationship with basketball player — but not everything made the story. Assistant Editor Ryan Schocket went back into his notes to find 10 more interesting facts about Hartzog and Paige. (Daily Tar Heel)

Rumors about assault on UNC mascot prove to be untrue

Despite rumors and apparent video evidence, Brown Walters, the director of UNC spirit programs, said the student in the Rameses costume was not punched. After the tragic UNC loss in the national championship game Monday, a video surfaced on the internet showing what appeared to be a fan punching Rameses in his oversized face. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Mascot Sucker-Punched After Villanova Buzzer-Beater

As soon as the shot went in and the buzzer sounded, everyone on the court was involved in chaos. During the melee, it seems like the Tar Heels' mascot may have gotten sucker-punched by someone on the court. In the lower left portion of the video you can see the mascot get punched, only to be restrained when he gets back up and tries to go after the person responsible. (Athlon Sports)

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 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.” (

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. (

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. (
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