On Friday, September 22, the TSC hosted the Triangle Men’s Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon that featured head basketball coaches from colleges in the Triangle. The coaches included Jeff Capel (Duke), Kevin Keatts (NCSU), LeVelle Moton (NCCU), and Roy Williams (UNC). The panel was moderated by Jeff Gravley of WRAL and was set up as a “living room-style chat.” The event was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Cary at 11:30 am. Click here to view the Tip-Off flyer.
Later that evening, the TSC held an Olympic Celebration Reception and Banquet to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Festival. Nancy Hogshead-Makar, an Olympic Gold Medalist, was the keynote speaker. The event was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Cary and began with a cocktail reception at 6 pm. Click here to view the Reception and Banquet flyer.
Official Partner: Capitol Broadcasting Company
Presenting Sponsor: Embassy Suites Cary
Patrons: Custom Screen Printing
Balloons and Tunes Mati Energy
Luncheon: 99.9 The Fan; Atlantic Tire; Cary Chamber of Commerce; Duke Athletics; Duke Health; Highwoods Properties; NC Central Athletics; NC State Athletics; Sports and Properties, Inc.; Summit Hospitality Group, LLC; Triangle Sports Commission; and Wasserman.
Reception and Banquet: Bridge II Sports; Capitol Broadcasting Company; Hannah Sheridan Loughridge & Cochran, LLP; Sports & Properties, Inc.; Stuart Law Firm; Summit Hospitality Group, LLC; Tournament Hosts of Greensboro; Triangle Sports Commission; and USA Baseball.
Shared Tables: North Carolina FC, PNC Bank, UNC Athletics, UNC Rex Healthcare
Reception Keynote Speaker: Nancy Hogshead-Makar
1987 U.S. Olympic Festival Legacy Award Winners
To share memories or comments about the 1987 Olympic Festival, click here: https://goo.gl/forms/fanpUl52Ry8EJwgZ2
To view photos from the Festival, click here: https://flic.kr/ps/21iLmF
To view videos from the Festival, click here: https://www.youtube.com/user/USOlympicFestival87/videos
To view results from the Festival, click here: 1987 USOF Results
To view photos from the 30th Anniversary Celebration Reception and Dinner, click here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127039284@N05/sets/72157688840506486
To view photos from the Triangle Men’s Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon, click here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127039284@N05/sets/72157686600889380
Triangle Men’s Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon Ad #1
Triangle Men’s Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon Ad #2
Live Stream By WRAL SportsFan
Articles about the Tip-Off
Articles about the Festival
1987 Olympic Festival Legacies
The U.S. Olympic Festival, which took place across the Triangle and even into the Triad for fourteen days (July 13-26) during the summer of 1987, still holds the record as the largest sports event ever to take place in North Carolina.
Over 464,000 spectators cheered on 4,000 athletes, coaches, and administrators in 34 sports at 25 venues stretching from Sir Walter Gun Club east of Raleigh to the Greensboro Coliseum in the west, and from Lake Wheeler south of Raleigh to Kerr Lake north of Durham. The Festival involved all the sports of the Summer Olympic Games, sports of the Pan American Games, and even three Winter Olympic Sports: Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, and Speedskating.
Athletes competing included current and future Olympians including Willie Banks, Brian Boitano, Valerie Briscoe-Hooks, Al Joyner, Greg Louganis, Paul Wylie, and Kristie Yamaguchi, among others. The Festival also served as the Olympic Trials for the sports of Ice Hockey and Speedskating.
The Festival kicked off with a spectacular sold-out Opening Ceremonies at NC State’s Carter-Finley Stadium and concluded with Closing Ceremonies at Duke’s Wallace Wade Stadium. The event received a record 123 hours of national broadcast coverage on ESPN and garnered national and international media attention.
The Festival had many beneficial legacies for the Triangle Region and North Carolina, including significant anniversary events every five years. This year, 2017, marks the 30th Anniversary of this momentous and seminal event for our state.
Photos from the 1987 Olympic Festival are below