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How UNC's elite athletes use mental health as an edge

Dr. Jeni Shannon. Shannon, director of the Carolina Athletics Mental Health and Performance Psychology Program, works UNC athletic teams in weekly sports psychology meetings. Whether it’s performance anxiety or body image, Shannon is there to help. UNC defensive lineman is one of the most prominent advocates for mental health. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: "To Be A Champion Is A Choice" - UNC Field Hockey Documentary

The UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media presents this documentary celebrating North Carolina Field Hockey's 2023 National Championship - the eleventh in program history. Featuring interviews with Tar Heel players and Coach . (View Video)

Chapel Hill middle school athlete recovers from brain injury with help of UNC Football

Twelve-year-old Lee Fitch looks right at home competing for his Middle School basketball team in Chapel Hill. It’s hard to imagine that less than three years ago, Lee nearly died. And his recovery from a brain injury has been aided by an organization called Team Impact, which matches children facing serious illness and disability with college sports teams. (CBS 17)

Ryleigh Heck Wins Field Hockey Honda Award

UNC sophomore Ryleigh Heck is the winner of the 2024 Honda Sport Award for field hockey, as announced on Tuesday by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards. She's the sixth Tar Heel to win the honor, following Leslie Lyness (1989), (1996 and 1997), Rachel Dawson (2007), (2018), and (2019, 2020, and 2022). (

Tar Heels Lead In 2023-24 Learfield Directors’ Cup Through Fall

National Player of the Year Ryleigh Heck's game-winning goal led the Tar Heels to their 11th field hockey national championship and catapulted UNC to the top of the Learfield Directors' Cup standings after completion of the seven fall Division I championships. Field hockey was one of four UNC sports to finish in the top five in the fall in NCAA competition. (

Which UNC athletes will be the Tar Heels’ best in 2024?

A new year has arrived, and it’s time to look at some athletes who could thrive for North Carolina in 2024. UNC Field Hockey provided the top highlight in 2023, winning a national championship for the fifth time in six seasons. Representing seven sports, here’s a look at 11 UNC standouts primed to make headlines in 2024 as the top Tar Heels on campus. (Fayetteville Observer)

Top Stories of 2023: Erin Matson Enters Uncharted Territory

If UNC field hockey star had left Chapel Hill and never come back after 2022, she’d still be a Tar Heel legend. Matson ended her final year as a player with a fourth NCAA title in five seasons, scoring the game-winning goal in the final. It seemed her days dominating collegiate field hockey were done. Then , her head coach, retired. (

Chansky’s Notebook: Off Year

Over the last academic or calendar year, two UNC women’s sports continued to excel – tennis won another ITA indoor tournament title and its first NCAA team championship, and field hockey captured it second straight ACC and national championships, the first with as Player of the Year and the second with Matson as a rookie head coach. (

Ryleigh Heck A Finalist For Field Hockey Honda Award

Add another honor for UNC sophomore Ryleigh Heck, who is one of four finalists for the 2024 Honda Sport Award for Field Hockey. The Honda Sport Award is presented annually by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA sports and signifies "the best of the best in collegiate athletics." UNC's won last season. (

Ryleigh Heck Voted NFHCA National Player Of The Year

UNC sophomore Ryleigh Heck has been named Division I National Player of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. The forward from Ocean City, N.J., was voted NFHCA South Region Player of the Year earlier this month. She's the third Tar Heel to win the award, following (2011) and (2019, 2020, 2022). (
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