Scott broke the color barrier in UNC athletics by becoming the first black scholarship athlete. Recruited by legendary basketball coach Dean Smith, Scott graduated first in his high school class at Laurinburg in 1966. He led the Tar Heels to two consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances in 1968 and 1969 and was named ACC Athlete of the Year in 1970. He was a two-time All-American and Academic All-American and won a gold medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics.
Bobby Gersten, UNC’s oldest living athlete, is the honorary host of this special event. Gersten was instrumental in bringing Scott to UNC.
“During this 50th anniversary period, it is important to recognize the many accomplishments of Mr. Scott and the contributions he has made to the progress of this society. His enrollment at UNC represents inclusiveness, openness, and opportunity. His commitment to academic and athletic excellence under adversity as a UNC student-athlete is truly noteworthy. He is one of three Carolina alums that UNC Walk for Health will honor this year. Their contributions have helped make life better and more pleasant for all people,” comments event promoter, William Thorpe.
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