The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2020. Among the names are some people with strong ties to Charlotte: Muggsy Bogues, Julius Peppers, and Judy Rose.
After playing his college basketball at Wake Forest, Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues played 14 years in the NBA, including 10 seasons with the Charlotte Hornets. At 5’3″, Muggsy is still the shortest player in NBA history.
Julius Peppers excelled in football and basketball for the UNC Tar Heels before embarking on a stellar NFL career. Peppers played 10 of his 17 pro seasons with the Carolina Panthers.
When Judy Rose began her 28-year tenure as the Director of Athletics at UNC-Charlotte in 1990, she became just the third woman with that title at an NCAA Division I program. Rose was also the first woman to serve on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and played a key role in bringing football back to UNCC.
The other members of the 2020 class are Debbie Antonelli, Mack Brown, Dennis Craddock, Dr. Charles Kernodle, Mac Morris, Trot Nixon, Bobby Purcell, Tim Stevens, and Donnell Woolford. The induction banquet will be held on Friday, May 1st at the Raleigh Convention Center.
The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1963. It’s housed on the third floor of the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.