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Rebranded dance team “Carolina Girls” merges with UNC marching band

New silver pom poms, uniforms and bedazzled rhinestone shoes are just a few of the eye-catching differences to the newly rebranded UNC dance team — the Carolina Girls. The dance team has gone by several names: The High Kicking Heels, the UNC Dance Team and now the Carolina Girls. The dance team is adapting a new look, style and presence. (Daily Tar Heel)

Well Said Podcast: Rameses and the Hogans

Rameses, a 7-year-old horned Dorset ram who roams the sidelines of Kenan Stadium during football games, has become one of Carolina’s most famous and beloved Tar Heels. Away from the football field and public life, the same family has been caring for UNC-Chapel Hill’s mascots since the first Rameses walked campus in 1924. (UNC.edu)

Lath Morriss: the cheerleader they called Tarzan

With the 2018 football season kickoff, many Tar Heel fans are ready for their annual rite of autumn. An important part of that rite is fan participation—cheering, it’s called. And no one in Carolina history cheered like the rotund man from Farmville, the unofficial UNC cheerleader they called Tarzan. He was not only famous on the UNC campus. (A View to Hugh)

The Secret Life of Live Mascots

Rameses has no tar on his heels. He does, however, have red clay, mud and sawdust on his hooves. He picks up those each day as he frolics around Hogan's Magnolia View Farm, located only 5 miles west of his Saturday afternoon workplace, UNC's Kenan Memorial Stadium. "You'd be doing well to be living this ol' boy's life right here," says Hogan's grandson. (ESPN.com)

Ten years ago, UNC mascot Jason Ray entered our lives in an unexpected and tragic way

It's been 10 years since Jason Ray was hit by a car in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Ten years since Charlotte and Emmitt followed Jason's wishes and allowed him to become an organ donor. They're doing better today than they thought they would. Still, it isn't easy. How do you process the fact that the world praises a selfless decision your son made, but for that to have happened your son had to die? (ESPN.com)

Jason Ray's legacy lives on as an inspiration to organ donors

It's been 10 years since Emmitt and Charlotte Ray lost their son, but not a day has passed without honoring his legacy. "Jason was a good guy,” Emmitt Ray said. “He had a big heart. No pun intended. He was just a good kid.” Ray, a Concord native, was the UNC-Chapel Hill mascot Ramses, but most importantly, he was an organ donor. (WSOC)

Jason Ray: Always Remembered

Ten years ago, inside Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, Charlotte and Emmitt Ray said goodbye. On March 23, 2007, their son Jason – a 21-year-old senior at UNC who spent three years performing as the Tar Heels' mascot, Rameses, at sporting events – was hit by a car on the side of Route 4 in Fort Lee. Ten years later, Jason continues to be remembered. (GoHeels.com)

Former UNC cheerleader comes home in ‘Motown The Musical’

Rod Harrelson was an energetic cheerleader on the sidelines of UNC Chapel Hill football and basketball games in the mid-1990s. He traded sports for the stage and found Broadway success in “The Lion King,” “Bring It On,” “Legally Blonde” and national tour of “Motown The Musical.” “Motown” returns to the Durham Performing Arts Center on Tuesday for a six-day run. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Peaches’ journey from UNC cheerleader to a royal British appointment

If you are trying to figure out from where you know the name Peaches Hauser or the distinguished-looking woman in these pictures, try imagining her in a Carolina Blue cheerleader outfit on the sidelines of Kenan Stadium. That’s right: The woman who is now the representative of Her Majesty The Queen in the city of Bristol was one of the earliest African-American cheerleaders at UNC. (Raleigh News & Observer)

10 years later, UNC mascot Jason Ray's memory kept alive through organ donation

Sunday will mark 10 years since University of North Carolina mascot and Concord native Jason Ray died after he was hit by a vehicle in New Jersey. "You've still got that big chunk in your stomach when you think about it," mother Charlotte Ray said. Jason was in New Jersey to perform as the Tar Heels’ mascot, Rameses, in the NCAA Men’s NCAA Tournament. (WSOCTV.com)
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