Tar Heels, Williams donate more than $23,000 to Florence relief

After Florence

The University of North Carolina held its annual basketball season kickoff celebration, “Late Night with Roy,” on Friday night.

During the event, the Tar Heels donated $100 for each of the 117 made baskets during a four-minute, 15-second shooting drill, according to a press release from the university. Head coach Roy Williams and his wife, Wanda, matched that.

The $23,400 total will go toward Florence relief efforts, the release said. Of it, 50 percent will go to the university’s Disaster Relief Fund. The other half will go to the Hurricane Florence Student Emergency Fund.

“This is a shooting drill we do many times during the year, but it’s never had the impact on people’s lives like it has tonight,” Williams said. “I had a chance to see the devastation on the coast in person and it was heartbreaking. This is a small way our players, staff, Wanda and I could help bring some relief to so many who are hurting.”

Williams said earlier in the week he was “dumbfounded” that the NCAA wouldn’t let the Tar Heels and South Carolina play an exhibition fundraiser for Florence relief.

“I was stunned. I’m sad it didn’t go,” he said.

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