Triangle Men’s Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon and U.S. Olympic Festival 30th Anniversary Celebration


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.

Click here to view the news release from August, 18, 2017.



Official Partner: Capitol Broadcasting Company

Presenting Sponsor: Embassy Suites Cary

Patrons: Custom Screen Printing
                Balloons and Tunes                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mati Energy

Table Sponsors:

     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

Nancy Hogshead-Makar


1987 U.S. Olympic Festival Legacy Award Winners



1987 U.S. Olympic Festival In Memoriam

1987 U.S. Olympic Festival Legacy Award Winners

1987 U.S. Olympic Festival 30 Year Celebration

Olympians in Attendance

Triangle Men’s Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon Presentation



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Articles about the Tip-Off

Duke’s Jeff Capel fills in well for Krzyzewski, but down the road? Who knows?

Hill Carrow: The Triangle Men’s Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon is back after 8 years

How UNC’s Roy Williams plans to rebuild his frontcourt after losing 4 to the NBA

Roy Williams requested the late release of UNC’s NCAA Championship confetti

Tales from the trips: Recruiting horror stories from Keatts, Roy, Capel and Moton

Triangle Men’s Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon Information

Video reel: Kevin Keatts at Triangle Tip-Off Luncheon

When Duke starts basketball practice Sept. 29, Coach K will be there

What NC State’s Kevin Keatts has to say about his new team and his old coach

Why NCCU’s LeVelle Moton won’t let his basketball team wear school gear


Articles about the Festival

A former Olympic swimming star and the commitment to women’s rights that now propels her

Thirty Years After: The Triangle’s Great Olympic Festival

USOF’87 Legacies: Opinion Piece by Hill Carrow

Why Olympic Sports Festival was a missed opportunity for the Triangle


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