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The Tar Heel Tuesday. July 21, 19879
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For Hill Carrow, implementing the Festival was a
By TAMERA MAJORS
Hill Carrow talks fast. He has
to. He has a lot to do.
He implemented the idea of
having the Olympic Festival
and now he is finally seeing the
results of his work as U.S. Olym
pic Festival- executive director.
For Carrow, the Festival has
been a great task a task he's
been talking about for a long time.
"I get blamed for having
initiated the idea for (bringing the
Festival to North Carolina)'
Carrow said in an interview. "In
1980 we got a group together and
thought, Wouldn't this be neat to
bring to North Carolina. "
It wasn't until 1984 that Carrow
received a positive response from
the U.S. Olympic Festival Com
mittee in Colorado to hold a
Festival in North Carolina. And
since then, Carrow has been in full
force for implementing the event.
"Since I was the first full-time
employee (of the N.C. Committee
for the Sports Festival), I began
as the initial contact to the Olym
pic Committee and just flowed
into the position as director," he
Since the USOF Committee
agreed to have the Festival in
North Carolina, Carrow has over
seen various aspects of the event
including housing arrange
ments for the athletes, fund
raising, advertising, ticket sales
"One of the hardest things youll
ever do is fund-raise," he said.
"Even when you've got a super
event like this, you're asking
people for something you ain't
Why did Carrow take a leave
of absence from his job with
Carolina Power and Light
where he is an attorney special
izing in environmental law to
implement the Festival?
Carrow said he took on the job
because he wanted to do some
thing special for North Carolina.
His personal motivation, he said,
stems from "the satisfaction of
having a task before you that's
Throughout his life, Carrow has
been attracted to challenges. And,
based on his record, he's been
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Carrow's achievements are
diverse, but share the common
denominator of success. As a
Morehead Scholar at UNC, he
was on the swim team, served as
Student Attorney General, and led
the class of 1977 as senior class
president. For his athletic and
academic success, he received the
Jim Tatum and ACC Senior
After receiving an English
degree with highest honors, Car
row pursued another challenge.
He went to law school at Colum
bia University, receiving an honors
law degree in 1980.
And since returning to North
Carolina, Carrow has been
devoted to community activity.
He's coached swim teams and
directed swim meets. He founded
the North Carolina Swimming
Hall of Fame.
"He's so community-oriented,"
said Winkie LaForce, director of
participant services for the Festi
val. "He sees the Festival as a great
opportunity for the community
and the state as a whole. He does
everything with the Festival in
mind. No one works harder or has
longer hours." ,
Throughout his life, Carrow has
worked hard to excel, and his
efforts haven't gone unnoticed.
He's been the recipient of Gov. Jim
Hunt's Volunteer Award for Jan-
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Volunteer Award for March 1985.
He's a member of Who's Who in
the South and Southwest for 1985
86 and a member of Who's Who
in American Law 1986.
Carrow serves as a member of
the Mayor's Coliseum Committee
in Raleigh and is a member of the
Board of Directors of the Boys
Club of Wake County. He's also
a member of the American Trial
Lawyers Association and the
North Carolina Academy of Trial
And he's the youngest person
ever to direct a U.S. Olympic
Besides all of these feats, he also
has had success in organizing
sports events. He won the Out
standing Meet Director Award in
1984 for the Masters Swimming
National Championships and he
won the Overall Meet Director
Award in 1986 for the Junior
Olympic Boxing National
According to Mike Moran,
public information director for the
Festival, Carrow's early success
parallels his early involvement
with the Festival.
"WeVe seen a lot of Hill since
1981," Moran said. "He went to
all the past Festivals and he
lobbied hard to get a Festival to
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When asked if he was having
fun in his work with the Festival,
Carrow was characteristically
"It's a lot of fun, but it's like
any other job it's a pain in the
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"Athletes are a lot of our
patrons," Wilson said. "Athletes
come in groups and collect items.
They want to represent the Fes
tival and (Festival merchandise)
means a lot to them."
Because of the number of ath
letes who purchase Festival items,
the Olympic store is located near
the highest concentration of hous
ing for athletes, Wilson said. In
Chapel Hill, the athletes are
housed at Granville Towers across
the street from the store. Raleigh
also has an Olympic Store, which
is located near the N.C. State
University housing facilities.
The idea for an Olympic store
originated in Baton Rouge, La.,
when a businessman donated the
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cookin' Calabash. When the
color's perfect you're done, and
that's always less than two
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butt sometimes," he said with a
However, he added, "I think at
the very end, we're all going to turn
around and say this was the
greatest thing we ever did."
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use of a building for the store
during the 1985 National Sports
Festival. Similarly, buildings were
donated for the 1986 Olympic
Store in Houston and the Chapel
Hill Store. Waddell. Properties
donated the use of the empty
Southern Bell building on Frank
lin St. for 30 days, Wilson said.
Volunteers and paid supervisors
work at the Olympic Store and the
merchandise stands at each of the
sporting events. They also worked
12 booths at the Opening Cere
monies on Friday. Profits from
merchandise sales at the store and
booths return to the USOF Com
mittee, Wilson said.
The store is open 10 p.m.-lO
p.m. through the Festival and will
be opened for an additional week
or two after the events.
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