Blue Heaven Museum Celebrates 1st Anniversary

Chapel Hill, NC - This Saturday, November 3, 2001 marks the first anniversary of The Blue Heaven Basketball Museum! Started as a small collection of uniforms, shoes, and other artifacts, Blue Heaven now boasts the largest public exhibit of Carolina Basketball memorabilia in the country.

Over the past 12 months, items such as the 1924 season scorebook, 1957 warm-ups, 1982 ring and watches, and 1993 jerseys have been on display to honor UNC's four National Championships.

Legendary Tar Heels Phil Ford, Michael Jordan, Lennie Rosenbluth, Antawn Jamison, James Worthy, Billy Cunningham, and Vince Carter are all represented in the Museum. Ford and Rosenbluth's retired jerseys are on display, as is Carter's honored jersey. Jordan's practice uniform and game shorts, Jamison's "Twan Time" shoes, Worthy's team travel bag, and Cunningham's warm-up jacket are all featured on the Museum floor.

But that's not all! Jerry Stackhouse, Walter Davis, Sam Perkins, "Hook" Dillon, Doug Moe, Rasheed Wallace, Jimmy Black, Cart Carmichael, Kenny Smith, Larry Brown, Brendan Haywood, Al Wood, Mike O'Koren, Charlie Scott, Mitch Kupchak, and Brad Daugherty are just a few of the many lettermen that are represented in Blue Heaven.

One of the Museum's latest acquisitions is Coach Dean Smith's office desk that now accompanies his office chair in the Coach's Corner section of Blue Heaven. Also, recently acquired trophies from the legendary "three-in-a-row" 1967-69 ACC Champions are on display in the expanded 1960's exhibit area. Backboards and lockers from Woollen Gym, Carmichael Auditorium, and the Smith Center are exclusively displayed.

The Blue Heaven Basketball Museum also presents the oldest known audio from a Carolina game – Feb. 11, 1947, and the oldest known film – the 1946 NCAA Championship game featuring Dillon, "Bones" McKinney, and Jim Jordan.

Many lettermen have visited Blue Heaven over the past year including: Wood, Eddie Fogler, Bill Chamberlain, Scott, Daugherty, Ademola Okulaja, Donald Williams, Derrick Phelps, Black, King Rice, Richard Vinroot, "Nemo" Nearman, and current Head Coach Matt Doherty. Fans can check out the Lettermen Wall to see the autographs of all their favorite players that have visited the Museum. Chancellor James Moeser and fashion designer Alexander Julian have also taken in the sights and sounds of Blue Heaven.

As the 2002 season gets set to tip off, come experience the glory days of the Tar Heels at the basketball museum dedicated to the sport that helped make Chapel Hill the "Southern Part of Heaven"!

From the peach basket to the slam dunk, the ‘Father of Basketball' to the ‘Dean of Coaches'; from UNC legends Lennie Rosenbluth, Phil Ford, and Michael Jordan to current superstars Jerry Stackhouse, Antawn Jamison, and Vince Carter, ‘Nothing Could Be Finer' than a visit to THE BLUE HEAVEN BASKETBALL MUSEUM -"HEELS HOOPS HISTORY IN THE MAKING!"

For more information, please contact David Daly at 919.929.5877, email, or log onto

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