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Phone: 910.521.6252

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tommy statue

The red-tailed hawk symbolizes the courage, speed, power and vision for athletes and all students to aspire to.

- Chancellor Emeritus Joseph Oxendine

The Tommy Statue was in place for just four days when its legend took hold at UNCP. Senior basketball player Chavis Rachel was photographed by a passing Fayetteville Observer photographer climbing the rock to touch the hawk for luck before the Homecoming game on Feb. 13, 1999. With the Braves down by two points, Rachel made a desperation three-point attempt that – perhaps guided by an unseen hand -- found nothing but net to win the game. Rachel's visit with the hawk was not revealed until the following Thursday when the photograph was published by the newspaper.

The life-size bronze statue of the University's mascot, a gift from the Class of 1999, is located in front of the James B. Chavis University Center.

The bronze statue is 22-inches tall with a 57-inch wingspan and weighs 150 pounds. It sits on a pedestal of raw granite, weighing close to 16 tons and stands over nine-feet tall.

Retired Art professor Paul Van Zandt completed the project in 16 weeks. It was crafted after close observations of a red-tailed hawk, which is indigenous to Robeson County.

Rub the rock for good luck!

Tommy Statue

Tommy Statue

Hawk on the Tommy Statue

Updated: Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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