Total Tar Heels: May 16, 2017
Release: 05/16/2017

Total Tar Heels is a digest that provides a behind-the-scenes look at UNC student-athletes and some of the things they do away from competition. 

• Among the thousands who received degrees on Sunday were more than 90 student-athletes. Those who were competing during commencement were celebrated the previous Sunday (May 7) in a ceremony in the Blue Zone at Loudermilk. Many others participated in commencement ceremonies at Kenan Stadium.



• Check out this feature on women's tennis senior Hayley Carter, who is among the nation's best both athletically and academically. She invited all the professors she's had at UNC to her Senior Day match. “I invited them just to show how thankful I am for the impact they've had on me, in the classroom and outside of the classroom," Carter said.



• In this video feature on the UNC rowing program, senior Alexis Amato (honored this year as one of the Top 10 Scholar-Athletes) talks about her experience as a student-athlete at UNC.


• UNC celebrated student-athlete academic achievement at the fourth-annual Scholar-Athlete Academic Luncheon, held on May 3. As always, the highlight was speeches by the Top 10 Scholar-Athlete honorees.

• Sixteen UNC teams earned perfect scores in the most recent APR and eight ranked among the top 10 percent in their sports.

• For the third year in a row, Hayley Carter (women's tennis) was named to the Academic All-District At-Large Team. She earned first-team Academic All-America honors in 2016.


• The ACC Top 6 for Service Award goes to students or teams that have been outstanding in their service efforts. The honors were first announced at the Rammy Awards. This year's five individual winners and one team have made an impact through their volunteer work.

This year's honorees were Leila Evans (field hockey), Nazair Jones (football), Kayla Miles (women's lacrosse), Bryana Nguyen (women's golf), Mark Rizzo (men's lacrosse) and the UNC softball team.

• Four years in, UNC's Pen Pal Program is going strong. Student-athletes write letters throughout the year with elementary students at New Hope Elementary, and many of the pen pals got the chance to meet at a UNC baseball game.


 • Working with a national organization called Team Impact, the men's and women's cross country teams "signed" an inspirational youngster who is undergoining medical treatments at UNC.

The story also appeared in the Daily Tar Heel and the News & Observer and on WRAL.


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