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ESPN’s ‘E:60’ special looks back at the legacy of UNC mascot Jason Ray

Jason Ray Loved Chapel Hill

Video: Emmitt and Charlotte Ray talk about their late son Jason Ray’s love for Chapel Hill during an interview at their home on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in Concord, N.C.
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Video: Emmitt and Charlotte Ray talk about their late son Jason Ray’s love for Chapel Hill during an interview at their home on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in Concord, N.C.

An ESPN special airing tonight looks back at some of the best sports stories of the past ten years, and one of those stories is about former UNC mascot Jason Ray, killed in a tragic accident while traveling with the men’s basketball team in 2007.

Ray had been with the team in New Jersey for an NCAA tournament game against Southern California. On the night of March 23, he walked from the team’s hotel to a gas station to buy a coke and burrito and was hit by a car. Following Ray’s wishes, his parents donated his organs – and it’s the lives he saved in death that help complete the beloved young man’s special story.

“E:60: Tenth Anniversary Special” will air Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. You can also stream the special on the WatchESPN app.

Video: Emmitt and Charlotte Ray talk about their late son’s last visit home before his death, during an interview at their home on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in Concord, N.C.

The organ transplant clinic at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C. was named the Jason Ray Transplant Clinic in 2016, in honor of the former UNC student who played the Rameses mascot for Tar Heel athletic events. Jason, who was an organ donor, lost

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