Fun Run

Bobby G.

Final Four Pep Rally/Parade

WNCN-CBS clip: Original air date: 4/1/17

WNCN-CBS clip: Original air date: 3/31/17

“The Great-Granddaddy of UNC Athletics”

96-year-old UNC athletic legend Bobby Gersten will lead a fun exercise event and Final Four pre-game pep rally/parade to promote physical fitness and support the Tar Heels – with special hometown tribute to Oxford, NC native and team captain Isaiah Hicks, who will be playing in his penultimate college game.

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(Participants are encouraged to wear Carolina colors)  

WHO: Bobby Gersten, the University of North Carolina’s oldest living basketball and baseball player (Class of ’42). The event is sponsored by UNC Walk for Health, a year-round initiative that aims to raise awareness of and provide practical solutions to chronic health conditions.

WHAT: Bobby G. will lead college students and whoever else wants to join in a ½ mile fun exercise event and pre-Final Four game pep rally/parade to promote physical fitness and support Carolina basketball. Everyone is welcome to participate.

WHEN: Noon – Saturday, April 1. (weather permitting)

BEGIN: Old Well – University of North Carolina

BROADCAST COVERAGE: UNC STV and Tupelo Raycom, a content creator for ESPN

WHY: Bobby Gersten, who played basketball and baseball at UNC and has remained a key part of the university’s athletic program (he was instrumental in bringing Dean Smith to UNC!) is a fierce advocate for physical fitness. At 96, he still exercises daily. His Fun Run/Walk/Dance event aims to encourage youth participation in recreational activities, promote a life-long interest in maintaining physical fitness and publicly demonstrate that walking is the best physical fitness.

Register: Participation is free!!! To register, simply rsvp via email at Registered participants will receive free bottled water, free raffle ticket for UNC Walk for Health T-shirts, and free ice cream provided and served by Maple View Farm.