Late Night With Roy 2015

Late Night With Roy is the traditional start to UNC’s basketball season – a free event for fans complete with scrimmages, music, dances and skits by the Tar Heel men’s and women’s basketball teams.

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The event is free – but you can make sure to reserve seats NOW by purchasing tickets to the UNC-Virginia football game, which will take place the following day, October 24, in Kenan Stadium. Visit this link for more details about that promotion.

Performance Golf Classic

Join us for the Performance Golf Classic, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28 hosted by the Governors Club. The Golf Classic is an annual fundraiser for the Chamber’s Partnership for a Sustainable Community. 


Participants will enjoy a light breakfast; lunch, beverages and snacks on the course; and, an elaborate dinner spread at the after-play reception following the Performance Classic. Breakfast and registration open at 9 a.m., with a 10 a.m. tee time.

All proceeds from the Golf Classic benefit the Chamber’s charitable Partnership for a Sustainable Community.
Register your foursome or single playing spot in the 2015 Performance Golf Classic at:


Chamber Member Individual Player: $135

Chamber Member Foursome: $525

Non-Member Individual: $160

Non-Member Foursome: $600

SuperFan Ticket: $25
Interested in promoting your business and getting a hole sponsorship? Contact Aubrey Fox Williams at or (919) 967-7076.

The Performance Golf Classic is presented by Performance Automall and hosted by the Governors Club. This year’s golf tournament is made possible by UNC Health Care; Bank of North Carolina; Carolina Athletics; Hamilton Point Investment Advisors; MHAworks, PA; Secure Network Administration, Inc.; The Pointe at Chapel Hill, LLC; Appointment Friend, LLC; Habitat for Humanity ReStore; The Carolina Club; and, Wells Fargo.

Learn 2 Play – Chapel Hill Youth Ultimate frisbee clinics

When a ball dreams, it dreams of being a frisbee! Join us for our Learn 2 Play Chapel Hill Youth Ultimate frisbee clinics for 7-12 year old boys and girls! Learn how to throw and catch a frisbee and play Ultimate!

Young Professionals Group Soccer Scrimmage for Special Olympics

Young Professionals Group Soccer Scrimmage for Special Olympics: Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Group presents a soccer scrimmage with the Orange County Special Olympics in preparation for their big tournament the following weekend. The games will be 5 on 5 so the more teams we can provide the better practice they will get. We welcome all skill levels!

Orange County SportsPlex Marks 10 Years

Ten years ago, the Triangle SportsPlex in Hillsborough was struggling to stay afloat. Old members were leaving, new ones weren’t coming in, and there was no reason to believe the trend would change.

Today, the SportsPlex – now the Orange County SportsPlex, under new management as a public-private partnership – is thriving, with more than 700,000 visitors each year (more than any other venue in Orange County except the Smith Center) and nearly six thousand members, more than six times as many as it had a decade ago. The SportsPlex offers a fitness center, a pool, an ice rink, and more. (The ice rink is home to three college teams – UNC, Duke, and Elon.)

John Stock is the executive director and general manager of the SportsPlex. He spoke this week with WCHL’s Aaron Keck.


This Friday, December 11, the SportsPlex will mark its 10-year anniversary with a plaque dedication, free skate and swim sessions, and more. The event begins at 11:30 a.m.

The celebration runs beyond Friday, though. From December 11 to December 21, the SportsPlex is offering discounts on new memberships; there will be free fitness classes on Tuesday the 15th; and there will be several special holiday events on the ice rink: a performance of the Nutcracker On Ice December 18-19, and a “Skate with Santa” event December 20-21.

The Orange County SportsPlex is located at 101 Meadowlands Drive.

Photos from the Orange County Sportsplex anniversary celebration.

Landon Turner Named Top College Offensive Lineman

UNC senior guard Landon Turner has been named the winner of the 2015 Jim Parker Award, which is given annually by the Touchdown Club of Columbus to the nation’s top offensive lineman.

Turner, a four-year starter and a preseason All-American, has been the anchor of the offensive line, which has made UNC one of the top offenses in the country.

They have allowed 12 sacks this season, which the fewest in the ACC and eighth best in the country.

The Tar Heels are averaging six yards per carry and have a total of 2756 yards rushing and 36 touchdowns. They are third in the nation in yards per attempted rush.

Both Marquise Williams and Elijah Hood have double digit rushing touchdowns behind this offensive line.

The award was named for former Ohio State lineman Jim Parker, who was named to the NFL All-Pro team for 10 consecutive years from 1957-1966.

The 61st annual Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards will be on February 6, 2016 at the Lifestyle Community Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.

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Stroman On Sports: Chapel Hill, Football Town

The Tar Heel football team is doing so well this year that it’s even keeping the spotlight off basketball – in a year when the basketball team is a favorite to win it all, no less. Is Chapel Hill still a basketball town first and foremost, or is it time to re-evaluate?

Deborah Stroman is a sports analyst and a professor at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. She discussed the football team’s success on Monday with WCHL’s Aaron Keck. (They also talked about the legacy of Kobe Bryant, who just announced his impending retirement.)

Stroman On Sports: Stadiums, Safety, And Paris

In the wake of the Paris attacks, what additional steps should we take – if any – to guarantee security in the public square?

We’ve all heard the famous Ben Franklin quotation: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Reality, of course, isn’t quite so simple: individual liberty actually depends in part on society’s ability to guarantee security – they’re not opposites – and we know that we have to accept some rules and regulations for security purposes. (Ben Franklin, for the record, knew better: that quotation has been lifted out of context.)

But we also don’t want a police state: a free society needs to allow individuals a wide berth to think, speak, and act for themselves, even if that comes at the expense of “a little temporary Safety.”

Where is the line? How much regulation is necessary to be sufficient? How much is too much? Public venues face these questions all the time – and the issue is particularly salient now for stadiums and other sports arenas, since the Stade de France was one of the primary targets of the Paris terrorists.

Deborah Stroman is a professor at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and an expert on analytics and the business of sport. She discussed these issues on Monday with WCHL’s Aaron Keck.

Stroman On Sports: Troubled Athletes

Maybe it’s just because they’re already always in the news, but it seems that almost every day we hear another story about troubled athletes. Athletes being arrested, athletes committing crimes, athletes doing drugs, athletes fighting with each other, athletes going AWOL from their teams. Of course you have to take that with a grain of salt: for every pro athlete who makes the nightly news there are a hundred others who live their lives without any incident at all. Still, though, it’s worth asking: in making sports a big-money industry, in subjecting our athletes to hero worship, are we enabling athletes’ bad behavior?

Deborah Stroman is a professor at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and an expert on sport analytics. She spoke with WCHL’s Aaron Keck about two recent (and very different) instances of athletes behaving badly: NBA star Lamar Odom’s near-fatal downward spiral and NFL star Greg Hardy’s sideline meltdown.

On Lamar Odom:


On Greg Hardy:


(Discussions about Odom and Hardy begin about halfway through the conversations.)

Stroman On Sports: The “Tiger Effect”

Tiger Woods did not win the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro this weekend (that would be UNC alum Davis Love III), but his presence generated millions of dollars in revenue – not only for the tournament, but also for the city of Greensboro.

Deb Stroman of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School says this “Tiger effect” is unique in the world of sports – and is likely to last even if Woods never returns to the top of the game.

Stroman spoke with WCHL’s Aaron Keck on Monday. (They also discussed another significant economic story in the sports world: mounting pressure on the Washington <football team> to change its name.)