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    Lorenzo Charles

    June 28, 2011

    RALEIGH, N.C. -


    In response to the untimely death of former great Lorenzo Charles, the NC State Athletic Department plans to honor him in a number of ways.

    “We are deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Lorenzo Charles, a Wolfpack hero,” said athletic director, Deborah A. Yow. “The Wolfpack Family mourns today as we remember his athletic accomplishments, his excellent character and his winning dunk in the 1983 National Championship game. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this most difficult time.”

    Below are the plans to honor ACC Legend recipient Lorenzo Charles:

       Adopt a commemorative patch for use on the men’s basketball uniforms for the 2011-12 season.

       Recognize the contributions of Lorenzo at the Football Home Opener v. Liberty (All-American Day) on September 3rd, with a video. Lorenzo Charles will headline the recognition of our Wolfpack All-Americans in all varsity sports.

    -    Recognize Lorenzo during the James A. Naismith Sportsmanship Award ceremony at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday evening, June 29th, sponsored by the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

       Post on a story honoring Lorenzo, accompanied by a photo gallery and highlight video.

       A potential endowment in Lorenzo Charles’ name for the Men’s Basketball program through the Wolfpack Club. This idea will be discussed with the family upon their availability. When fully endowed, the Lorenzo Charles Scholarship Endowment would pay the scholarship costs for a student-athlete at NC State.  



    “Lorenzo Charles was always a fan favorite,” said Wolfpack Club Executive Director, Bobby Purcell.  “People loved his style of play on the court and his infectious smile off of it.  Wolfpack Club members everywhere are sharing in the grief over the loss of #43.”

    Additionally, losing someone close to the university is also commemorated at the annual lighting of the Bell Tower each March 7th on Founder’s Day as a way to recognize all of the members of the NC State community we have lost.

    Once the family has completed funeral arrangements, those will be shared on

    Information about endowments will be posted on the Wolfpack Club website,  

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