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Lennie Rosenbluth to Receive NC Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award Oct. 12
"Highest NC Civilian Honor" to be Given to Former Tar Heel Basketball Star at Charlotte Fundraiser
By: Lennie Rosenbluth Tribute Event - Charlotte, NC
Among the most prestigious awards conferred by the Governor of North Carolina is The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. It is awarded to persons for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and their communities that is above and beyond the call of duty and which has made a significant impact and strengthened North Carolina.
There is no doubt Rosenbluth made an impact.
Lennie Rosenbluth was the Michael Jordan of his era at UNC...he was so good that he still holds the record for most points scored in a single Tar Heel season. And, this was before the three point shot. That record has stood for 60 years.
This Bronx, NY native, now 83, was the star of the electrifying 1957 UNC Tar Heel team that went undefeated and won a heart-stopping triple overtime game to beat Kansas and Wilt Chamberlain for the national championship. Lennie is now one of five surviving members of this team. His wife, Dianne, attended Myers Park High School, the reason he is coming to Charlotte in support of the Lady Mustangs women's basketball team.
In the 1950s, legendary UNC Coach Frank McGuire knew New York and heavily recruited that area throughout his career. The result was that the 1957 team featured a starting five of New Yorkers-turned-
Until that time, the men's basketball program at UNC was not on a national pedestal. Likewise, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) was also not considered among the nation's strongest. Following that famous NCAA national basketball championship, the first one ever televised in NC, UNC basketball and the ACC took off. The Tar Heel program was never the same, becoming one of the nation's perennial powerhouses. Lennie Rosenbluth was the star of that team and was named by the Helms Foundation as the best college basketball player of that year.
The fundraiser benefits the women's basketball program at Myers Park High School. Tickets are $65 each. For more information, click on:
Food at the fundraiser will be catered by Leroy Fox at Sugar Creek Brewery with some craft beer included. Sponsors are Dickens Mitchener Real Estate, Lineberger Orthodontics, Leroy Fox Restaurant, Sugar Creek Brewing Company and Dick's Sporting Goods.