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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New ‘Rameses’ wows at first football game
Seven-month-old Rocky is the youngest ram to ever represent the Tar Heels — and he’s already making his trainers proud. After the unexpected death of his predecessor, Rocky took the football field for the first time as the University’s mascot, “Rameses,” at UNC’s opener against Elon University on Saturday.
UNC mascot's parents urge organ donation
Charlotte and Emmitt Ray were in Chapel Hill Sunday to raise money for the Jason Ray Foundation
. It's named after their son who was the Tar Heel's mascot, Ramses, and was hit and killed by an SUV in March 2007 while in New Jersey for the NCAA tournament. "I'm trying to take something really bad and turn it into something good," Charlotte Ray said.
Brunch Will Honor Memory Of Student Rameses Mascot
On Sunday, the Chapel Hill community will do its part to honor the memory of a student who suited up in the Ramses mascot outfit for numerous UNC athletic events. UNC medical support assistant Eleanor Murray says a fundraising brunch will take place in support of the Jason Ray Foundation.
Rameses, a role assumed by 19 rams since 1924, has colorful past
The distinctive ram with Carolina blue horns has a storied history with UNC athletics, but much of its past is unknown to the University community. The most recent Rameses, who died Thursday, was the 18th ram to assume the duties of the University’s mascot.
UNC’s 18th Rameses mascot dies
Rameses, whose unmistakable Carolina blue horns are a staple at UNC football games, died Thursday evening of natural causes. The 18th Rameses will be buried at Hogan’s Magnolia View Farm. Every ram has been cared for by the Hogans since it became the University’s official mascot in the 1920s. The ram was 8 years old, a typical lifespan of the horned dorset breed, said Ann Leonard, one of Rameses’ caretakers.