Finest Sports MascotBy Leah Chester-Davis
Photo credit: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | goheels.com
Talk about a stiff competition! Fans of sports team mascots seem to be just as passionate about them as the teams they represent.
Rameses, the mascot of UNC Chapel Hill, is a beloved tradition of Tar Heel Nation, making appearances at sports and other community events. The mascot is part of Carolina royalty, and can appear as both a live ram — horns painted Carolina Blue, with a UNC blanket thrown over his wooly white coat — and as a student wearing the Rameses costume with flair, adding to the team spirit. Anywhere the mascot appears “everyone gets happy and everyone unites,” says a student of the live ram (a tradition dating back to 1924). Whichever is the favorite, Rameses reigns.
“Love the school, and the ram adds so much to the enjoyment of the games!”
—Elizabeth Watson, Goldsboro, a member of Tri-County EMC