“He knows the value of a Carolina education, and his words really resonate to the students,” Stroman said.
Taylor Sharp, Carolina Sports Business Club co-president and junior Interdisciplinary Studies major, said he admires how Reid expanded his career in the sports industry beyond playing basketball.
“He has a very rich perspective on both sides of the spectrum, and while not everyone is an athlete, we can all be a part of the sports world,” Sharp said.
Reid also answered the questions posed to him by curious attendees. From inquiries about which coaching styles he preferred to questions about his 14-year ownership of Players Nightclub, Reid addressed every question with enthusiasm and gusto.
Reid made it clear after the event he saw great value in returning to UNC to share his experiences with the students of his alma mater.
“All students make mistakes in college, and if they have questions that need answering, I’m going to do my damnedest (sic) to help them any way that I can,” Reid said.
Aside from his career as a broadcaster, Reid is working on a personal project in conjunction with a select group of UNC students called the UNC Cookbook. The UNC Cookbook is an idea Reid had more than 20 years ago, and he is finally getting to realize this goal.
“The cookbook is going to be an assortment of stories and family recipes from former players, coaches, and those who have supported Carolina through the years,” said Reid.
With this new project, an exciting ACC season approaching, and speaking engagements like the one with the Carolina Sports Business Club, Reid has kept himself busy.
“Basketball, especially in my time with Coach Smith, has afforded me opportunities that many others don’t have," Reid said. "Coming back to talk is the least I could do."