Bobby Gersten is 95 years old. A 1942 Carolina alum, he’s UNC’s oldest living former basketball and baseball player. He helped build Carolina’s basketball dynasty in the 1950s by recruiting players from New York to play for Frank McGuire. And today, closing in on 100, he’s still as active and energetic as ever.

On Saturday, October 10, Bobby G. will lead UNC’s “Walk for Health,” an annual event to promote healthy lifestyles and get young people active and interested in physical fitness. This year’s walk will begin at 12:30 pm at the Eddie Smith Field House and proceed to Peace and Justice Plaza – where there will be an unveiling of the tribute marker recognizing local heroes in the fight for equality. (The marker already exists at the plaza, but it’s being updated to add two more names: longtime Town Council member Bill Thorpe and legendary Tar Heel basketball coach Dean Smith.)

Prior to the walk, there will be a youth soccer game at the Field House at 11 am. Two distinguished Carolina alums will also be on hand to lead the event: ESPN president John Skipper and CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin.

Bobby Gersten and William Thorpe, Jr. stopped by WCHL and spoke with Aaron Keck about the Walk for Health.


For more information about the Walk for Health, visit