The late Woody Durham is being honored with the 12th annual Bob Bradley Spirit and Courage Award from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Durham passed away early Wednesday morning. Durham’s son Wes was previously scheduled to accept the award on Woody’s behalf.
The Bradley Award, which originated in 2006, is given annually in memory of Bob Bradley, the Hall of Fame sports information director at Clemson University, and is awarded to an “ACC student-athlete, coach, administrator, or other personnel in men’s or women’s basketball who has overcome significant hardship to contribute to his or her team, or to society as a whole.”
Durham served as the play-by-play voice for UNC for 40 years before retiring in 2011. He was diagnosed with a neurocognitive disorder, primary progressive aphasia, in 2016.
Durham won North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year 13 times and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame honored Durham in 2015 with the Curt Gowdy Award. Durham was also recently elected to the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame.
Durham joins other Tar Heels to win the award in longtime women’s coach Sylvia Hatchell and former women’s basketball player Jessica Breland.