The 2nd annual Rammy Awards Show Monday night in Memorial Hall showcased a little bit of everything, from Marcus Paige’s basketball prowess to some dance party moves by Carolina athletes up on stage.
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The beats were bumping for The Rammys as athletes from all over Chapel Hill’s campus converged for a night of music, fun and excellence all tied together.
The Voice of the Tar Heels Jones Angell hosted the event and set the stage for the evening of athletic recognition.
“Tonight we have national champions, NCAA record-holders, and rival fan heartbreakers all on display. They are nominated for awards tonight,” Angell says.
But it didn’t take long for Angell to break into fun and games. He had a pizza from popular pizza joint IP3’s delivered on stage. Angell then promptly passed some slices out to the audience, including UNC Basketball Head Coach Roy Williams.
But Angell really brought down the house when he playfully scolded freshman big-man Kennedy Meeks, whose weight was often maligned by Coach Williams during the season, saying, “No, Kennedy, no pizza for you!”
ESPN Sportscenter anchor Stuart Scott, a Carolina alumnus, checked in on the festivities at Memorial Hall to the delight of the student-athletes in attendance.
“We will celebrate excellence in college athletics, and we will do it Chapel Hill style. I wish I could be with you in person tonight, but I got some Sportscenter to get to a little later on. It’s only my job,” Scott says.
Awards were handed out after all with Most Outstanding Male Athlete going to Carolina basketball point guard Marcus Paige and Ryan Switzer grabbing the honor of Record-Breaking Performance of the year with his return heroics on the football field.
Chancellor Carol Folt took the stage sporting a pair of Carolina blue shoes she received from UNC Women’s Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell. Chancellor Folt was full of school spirit Monday night, pumping up the crowd with a “Go Heels!” chant.
Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham presented Chancellor Folt with an unexpected Rammy of her own to close out the award slate.
The special night ended with a tribute video documenting the year that was in Tar Heel athletics. ‘Space Jam’ was the tune.