Rameses - Carolina Country


Finest Sports Mascot

By 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

About the Author

Carolina Country Contributing Editor Leah Chester-Davis loves to explore North Carolina. Her business, Chester-Davis Communications (chester-davis.com), specializes in food, farm, gardening and lifestyle brands and organizations.

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