The pride of Heels basketball – Dean Smith, Roy Williams and Woody Durham – gathered this morning for a buffet breakfast, a round of golf and, most importantly, to present a check for more than $150,000 to children’s charities.
Since its beginning 23 years ago, the annual Carolina Kids Classic golf tournament has raised more than $3 million for the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, the N.C. Children’s Hospital and the Childhood Trust.
“That’s what makes this so special,” said longtime Ronald McDonald House volunteer Pinkey DuBose. “That this is an event that supports these three different efforts.”
Beneath the white tent just yards from hole No. 1 at Finley Golf Course, the crowd gave standing ovations to tournament co-founders Mike Haley and Woody Durham, who were both presented with special awards for their commitment and generosity over the decades.
Although the men passed on organizing duties to others in the last few years, Roy Holler made a point to mention their ongoing interest in the cause.
“It’s important to mention that this helps children not only in Chapel Hill but all over the state,” he told the crowd. “These men truly believe in the children and the families that this benefits.”