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April 4, 2017
Press Release

Washington – This afternoon, Congressman David E. Price (NC-04) delivered the following remarks on the House Floor honoring the 2017 NCAA Champion UNC Men’s Basketball team. Video of the remarks can be accessed here.

MR. SPEAKER, I rise today to congratulate the University of North Carolina Men’s Basketball team for winning the 2017 NCAA Division I National Championship last night.

As a proud alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, I was delighted to cheer on the entire team—the players, coaches, and staff—during their outstanding performance yesterday in the nation’s most competitive and most popular college athletics tournament.

There is no question that the University’s tradition of excellence is among the greatest our nation has ever produced.  The Tar Heels have now played in a record 20 NCAA “Final Four” games—the most of all time—and last night marked their sixth NCAA national championship, and seventh overall national championship.

The years 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, and 2009 are seared in the mind of Carolina basketball fans—and I know I speak for the entire Tar Heel Nation when I say how delighted we are to add 2017 to that list. 

The teamwork, comradery, and determination of this year’s team were evident throughout the entire season, as they struggled to overcome their heartbreaking defeat in the last seconds of the 2016 National Championship Game.  While their tournament play may have been a little closer than some Carolina basketball fans wanted, the team managed six wins against a formidable slate of opponents.  These fifteen young men truly demonstrated the Carolina Way—playing hard, playing smart, and playing together. 

I ask for unanimous consent to insert into the record the names of the players, coaches, and staff.   I want to reiterate how proud I am of our team’s victory last night.  To paraphrase the greatest basketball player of all time and a fellow UNC alumnus, Michael Jordan, the ceiling truly is the roof.  Hark the sound, and Go Heels.