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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)

Jason Ray, UNC mascot and organ donor, left behind a legacy of life

Ten years ago, David Erving, 49, was ready to die. He’d been on dialysis for a decade. Diabetes had ravaged his body, cost him an eye, his leg to break. He needed a new liver and a new pancreas. He’d been on a transplant list for four years. He’d decided to stop dialysis, and prepared himself for the end. Now he’s alive because Jason Ray. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC mascot Jason Ray died 10 years ago, but his parents assure his spirit lives on

Ten years ago, the phone call that every parent dreads rang in the house Charlotte and Emmitt Ray. Their son Jason Ray – a charismatic senior at the University of North Carolina who had played Rameses, the Tar Heels mascot, for three years at UNC sporting events – had been struck by a car in New Jersey. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC's Cardboard Club Brought Color, Creativity to Kenan Stadium

The Cardboard Club, started in 1948 by UNC cheerleader Norman Sper, coordinated and produced displays at UNC football games, using colored cardboard squares to form words and images in the stands. The club was discontinued in 1987, in part due to safety concerns–students often sent their cardboard panels flying towards the field at the end of games, hitting fellow spectators. (UNC.edu)

History of UNC’s mascot Rameses

This is what happened. Head cheerleader Vic Huggins noticed a lack of school spirit for the Tar Heels. So instead of making the school’s mascot a giant foot with black muck on the heel, he suggested that the team make its mascot a ram. The idea was based on UNC’s star football player, Jack Merritt, who was nicknamed, the “Battering Ram.” (Tar Heel Blog)

Marcus Paige announces engagement to longtime girlfriend

Love is in the air in Chapel Hill. Former North Carolina point guard Marcus Paige asked longtime girlfriend Taylor Hartzog — the Tar Heels' dance team captain — to marry him on Sunday. "Of all the great moments I've had in Chapel Hill, none can top this! Love you @TayZogz," Paige wrote on Twitter. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Hospitals Honors Former Mascot Jason Ray

UNC Hospitals has officially named their transplant center after former UNC mascot Jason Ray. His father Emmett Ray talked to UNC about the dedication. “I think it’s incredible because he loved Chapel Hill and he loved UNC,” he said. “I just think what a legacy for a 21 year-old.” (Chapelboro.com)

UNC transplant clinic renamed to honor former Tar Heel student mascot

The UNC Transplant Clinic was renamed Saturday to honor a former student who was killed in 2007 (Video). Jason Ray performed as the UNC mascot, Rameses, for three seasons before he was killed. He was hit from behind while walking on a highway shoulder near his hotel in Fort Lee after going to a nearby convenience store while in New Jersey for the NCAA Tournament. (WNCN)

UNC Hospitals To Dedicate Transplant Clinic to Local Hero During National Donate Life Month

UNC Hospitals will recognize and celebrate a beloved member of the UNC community this Saturday, and change the name of its transplant clinic to UNC Hospitals Jason Ray Transplant Clinic in honor of the late Jason Ray. Jason Ray, former UNC Tar Heels mascot, was the victim of an automobile-versus-pedestrian accident on March 23, 2007. (UNC Health Care)

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