The Northern High community is coming together to help a friend.
Kemp Ewing (class of 1988) is in need of a heart transplant. The condition is hereditary and has Kemp on a machine to keep his heart pumping.
A group called Knight Fans is trying to raise funds for the very costly procedure. One fundraiser is a wristband with the words “Fight Like A Knight” that can be purchased for $1.
Kemp played football and basketball, and later coached and taught at Northern.
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“We feel very strongly about supporting coach Ewing because he has inspired, mentored and supported so many during his career,” Northern Athletics Director Alan “Boo” Rigsbee wrote on the school’s website. “It has been difficult for him to not be part of any Friday night football fun, but this is a great way for all of Northern to come together and support Kemp and his family.”
To purchase the wristbands, contact Rigsbee said at 560-3956, ext. 56208.
CIAA moves games
The CIAA announced on Friday that it was moving eight of its 10 conference championships out of North Carolina in response to HB2.
For Durham, that means the football championship game scheduled for Nov. 12 at Durham County Stadium is kaput.
The CIAA football champions game had been held in Durham (either at Durham County Stadium or on North Carolina Central’s campus) nine of the past 11 seasons.
This year’s contest was projected to generate $2.1 million in visitor spending with a total economic impact of $3.5 million, according to the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“I am disappointed by the CIAA’s decision but understand their position,” said DCVB President & CEO Shelly Green in a statement. “I regret the impact this will have on many hard working individuals in Durham who have been, and remain committed to ensuring the success of the CIAA Football Championships.”
Eight of the CIAA’s 12 member schools are located in North Carolina, with Saint Augustine’s and Shaw University in Raleigh sitting less than 30 miles away from Durham County Stadium. Other CIAA schools include: Chowan (Murfreesboro); Elizabeth City State; Fayetteville State; Johnson C. Smith (Charlotte); Livingstone College (Salisbury); and Winston Salem State. CIAA members Virginia Union and Virgina State are less than 2-1/2 hours away along I-95, I-85.
The CIAA joins the NCAA and ACC who also moved their championships to another state. CIAA officials have yet to announce where the championships are going.
“The CIAA’s transition, beginning with the relocation of 8 championships, is the first step in demonstrating that the conference does not support laws which prevent communities from effectively protecting student-athletes and fans,” the conference said in a prepared statement.
But there was an exception.
“Due to time constraints, particularly as they relate to contractual obligations, the 2017 CIAA Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournament will remain in Charlotte as relocation would not be in the best interest of the membership and its student-athletes at this time,” according to the CIAA statement.
UNC’s Roy Williams to be at NCCU banquet
It’s no secret that LeVelle Moton has a “Friends” list as long as I-40.
One of those friends, North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams, will be the guest speaker at North Carolina Central’s men’s basketball tipoff banquet on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at McDougald-McLendon Arena.
“I’m excited that this event will serve as a fundraiser to provide additional resources for our basketball program,” Moton said. “I look forward to our fans, as well as fans throughout the Triangle, getting an opportunity to mingle and enjoy the night.”
Dinner tickets are $75 or $40 for upper level seating without food. Tables also are available for purchase. Contact Dan Tharp, director of men’s basketball operations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not to be outdone
For you Duke fans, men’s basketball will host its annual “Inside Duke Basketball” fundraiser for the Emily Krzyzewski Center on Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. at Cameron Indoor.
Guests can watch a preseason practice, tour the facility and have lunch with Coach K. Tickets start at $250 and can be purchased at https://www.universe.com/events/inside-duke-basketball-2016-tickets-X1DZTV or by calling (919) 680-0308.