The rich get richer: North Carolina, winner of 18 NCAA Division I women's championships, is the recipient of a $1 million gift honoring its most diehard fan to help endow scholarships and its operating budget.
Dr. Richard M. Krasno, executive director of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, made the announcement of the endowment will be made in the name of William R. Kenan, Jr., in honor of Braxton Schell, a Greensboro attorney, a Carolina alumnus and Tar Heel women's soccer fanatic.
"The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust is delighted to be making this grant for two reasons. First, it enables us to honor Braxton Schell, who has been a staunch supporter of women's soccer at Carolina for decades and an important figure in the evolution and administration of many of the Kenan philanthropies," explained Krasno. "Second, the grant provides a way for us to honor an athletic program that has not only been phenomenally successful on the playing field; but also a model of the best that college sports can offer to its participants, fans and alumni."
Schell, 82, has been a long-time fan and supporter of the UNC women's soccer program and he also serves as an attorney for the William R. Kenan, Jr. Funds. Schell regularly attends the team's games and has traveled with the team on overseas exhibition tours as well.
"We are overwhelmed and so appreciative of the Kenan Charitable Trust for this remarkable gift," said UNC coach Anson Dorrance. "We are all incredibly humbled with the size of the gift and honored with the rationale."