Carolina Clubs Score Crowds
Basketball brings alumni back to UNe, no matter where they live
It was Carolina basketball, and an NCAA triumph, that brought a reported 45,000 students, fans and
alumni to Franklin Street. It also was Carolina basket-
ball that brought more than 16,000 Carolina club
members together around the globe.
Barry Burt ' 78, co-chair of the Atlanta Carolina
Club, says that even though he's about 400 nllles from
UNC, game-viewing parties make him feel like he's
right in Chapel Hill, in the thick of the action.
"It's the next best thing to being on Franklin Street
or at the game," he says.
About 390 fans went to the Cheyenne Grill in
Atlanta to watch Carolina take on the Fighting Illini.
One of those fans was George Lynch ' 93, a member of
the Tar Heel basketball teanl that won the NCAA
championship in 1993. Lynch, who now plays for the
New Orleans Hornets, was in Atlanta to play the
Watching the Heels win the title was "incredible;'
Burt says. "Everyone was just hollering and hooting; we
had a blast."And having Lynch in attendance made the
night even more memorable. "It's special enough to
watch the Heels win a national championship, but it's
even more incredible when there's a member ofthe last
team to do it watching it in the room with you. It was
a magical night."
Basketball game-viewing parties give club members
the chance to cheer on the team with fellow Heels. As
Burt says,"the sense of camaraderie and fellowship"
makes the events popular. But the parties also give
clubs the chance to give back to UNC through railles
and scholarship donations. This season, Carolina Clubs
raised thousands of dollars in scholarship money that
will benefit future Tar Heels.
We all know the big numbers the Carolina basket-
ball team put up this year, including seven 100-plus
point games. But how well did Carolina Clubs around
the world perform? Here's a look at this season's score,
as told by Carolina Club leaders.•
- Philip Jones
By the numbers
Number of GAA members'
Total GAA membership by
percent of graduates'
Top three men's sports
~)y membership percl'lltage)
Top three women's sports
(by membership percetltage)
• as of March 30, 2005
. 16,778 people attended 806 game-viewing parties hosted by Carolina clubs.
. 4,848 people attended 151 game-viewing parties by clubs in North Carolina.
. $5,192 in scholarship funds for UNC students was raised by 9 Carolina clubs,
enough for tuition, fees and books for an in-state student for one academic year ... or
enough for 47 pairs of the Nike Shox VC IV shoes worn by Vince Carter ' 99.
. $1,500 in scholarship money was raised by the Atlanta Carolina Club
during the Heels' title-winning game, enough to buy 12 upper-deck
tickets to the Final Four in St. Louis or 500 hot dogs in the Dean Dome.
. 1,080 alumni attended game-viewing parties in Washington, D.C., for
an average of 270 people per party.
. 508 alumni attended the Charlotte Carolina Club's party to watch UNC
against Duke, the most-attended viewing party of the season.
. 123 people attended the St. Louis Carolina Club's game-viewing par-
ties, the host city for this year's NCAA Final Four.
. 103 people attended the London Carolina Club's game-viewing parties.
. 78 parties were held to watch the UNC vs. Duke games.
. 32 is the average number of people at a game-viewing party in the state of
. 22 people attended game-viewing parties in Maine.
. 21 is the average number of people at each game-viewing party.
. 17.0 is Sean May's average total points per game, which was tops among all Heels.
May l JIIll e 2005