The town of Black Mountain, N.C. is home to a rich sports history, with a surprising number of ties to the University of North Carolina.
During the 1970s, UNC head coach Roy Williams began his coaching career at Charles D. Owen High School in Black Mountain, and former Tar Heel basketball standout Brad Daugherty played for the Warhorses in the early 1980s. The two would eventually team up in Chapel Hill, when Williams served as an assistant coach under Dean Smith during Daugherty’s playing days at North Carolina.
Nearly four decades later, Daugherty is still remaining true to his roots and helping give back to his home town.
“It’s always fun to go back and just say hey to the home folks,” Daugherty said. “And be a part of something that’s going to be impactful in our community in such a positive way long-term.”
Ingles Markets, Incorporated, a supermarket chain based out of Black Mountain, and Kimberly-Clark Corporation, a personal care company whose products include Kleenex tissues and Cottonelle, have joined forces with One Tree Planted to improve the ecology of Daugherty’s community. One Tree Planted is a nonprofit focused on planting trees to help with reforestation efforts.