WSSU to Honor 1967 Men's Basketball Team, First Black College Team to Win National Basketball Championship
Fifty years ago, the Winston-Salem State University men's basketball team won the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship as the first black college team to win a NCAA national championship. The 1967 team was led by legendary Head Coach Clarence "Big House" Gaines.  WSSU will honor the 1967 championship team on Friday evening, Feb. 3, at an invitation-only reception with special guest retired CBS sportscaster Billy Packer. Members of the team, including Earl Monroe, will be recognized along with the family of  Clarence E. "Big House" Gaines.
Sound Bites on Big House Gaines
Sports Analyst Billy Packer spoke  at  the press conference introducing former N.C. A&T Athletic Director  Charlie Davis in 2002 and  spoke a few words about the quality of players and teams possessed by  former coaches Cal Ervin  and Big House Gaines .  File Video
WSSU athletics will honor the 1967 team with special throwback jerseys during the men's game at the Gaines Center. During halftime of the game, the Rams will


1967 Winston-Salem State Men's Basketball Team

officially retire the jerseys of Earl "The Pearl" Monroe and the late Cleo Hill. The two legends are the leading scorers in Rams' basketball history. The game starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at:

Aggies Go Red for Women’s Heart Health on Feb. 5
Nanyamka A. Farrelly   File Video
In observance of National Go Red for Women’s Health and National Wear Red Day, North Carolina A&T State University Student Health Center has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to present the fifth annual Aggies Go Red event, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5 at the health center. February is designated as American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States. Because African Americans and women are disproportionately affected, N.C. A&T health professionals say it’s imperative for the university and the AHA to do their part to raise awareness about risk factors and ways to prevent the chronic disease. “We are always seeking to move the needle on health disparities as it relates to this population,” said university health educator Janet Lattimore. “We want to encourage our students to start thinking about  these health disparities and chronic diseases at an earlier age because they  can start to develop or prevent them based on their health habits.” This year’s Aggies Go Red event will feature community exhibits, health screenings, physical fitness demonstrations that include line dancing and  African drumming, and a demonstration by Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr., who will prepare a quick and easy heart-healthy recipe. National Wear Red Day began in 2003 when the AHA  and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute partnered to   raise awareness of a disease that  many believe affects more men than women.  Aggies Go Red events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Janet Lattimore,