Ty Lawson Autograph Session in Chapel Hill Today (6/24)
While the summer is anything but quiet in the world of college athletics, it’s often a dead time for fans. Games are over, recruiting is slow and summer workouts have begun. So if you’re only a fan of your favorite team, life can be hard during the warmer months. But don’t worry, things aren’t all bad! The NBA is holding its draft this week, which is always of special interest to ACC fans. This year, notable entries include players from North Carolina, Duke, Syracuse, NC State, Clemson, Louisville and Virginia. It’s an exciting time for many different people. Players finally reach their dreams. Lifelong fans burst with pride and optimism. And schools bask in the reflected glory of their latest millionaires.
Yet, sometimes, that’s that. Depending on a player’s success at the next level, their college career can quickly become a footnote in history. Where did Chris Bosh go to college? (Georgia Tech) Tim Duncan? (Wake Forest) Vince Carter? (North Carolina) These guys were All-Americans and members of successful college tournament teams and yet, they’re most well-known as NBA All-Stars, Champions and Slam-Dunk Contest winners. It’s not that their college careers didn’t matter- they were certainly decorated in their own right. But guys move on.
When they do though, sometimes they give back. Players return to help with basketball camps. They donate money for new facilities. They return to finish their degree. And when they stay involved with the campus where they first got their start, everyone benefits.
Good news, Tar Heel fans. One of our own, 2009′ National Champion, ACC Player of the Year, Bob Cousy Award winner and second-team All-American point guard, Ty Lawson, is returning to Chapel Hill today, Tuesday, June 24, to take pictures and sign autographs at Thrill City on Franklin Street (422 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516). Lawson’s appearance coincides with the announcement that he has become a part-owner in the apparel company. Thrill City, founded in 2011′, is best known for its ‘Scam’ t-shirts that resemble the NCAA logo (another former Tar Heel, John Henson, was seen photographed wearing the shirt last fall). Lawson will be at the store starting at 11am, and will be there for an hour to promote his new TL3 line. This is a great opportunity to meet a top-tier NBA point guard and an ACC legend. Even if you’re a fan of that ‘other blue,’ don’t miss out on a chance to interact with one of the league’s rising stars.
Follow Ty at @TyLawson3 and get up-to-date information regarding the event.