WASHINGTON, D.C.— For around half an hour on Monday, the North Carolina football team was able to experience something few Americans ever will — sitting on the floor of the chamber of the House of Representatives.
Invited by former U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., the team heard about the history of the room and the monumental decisions made there, saw bullet holes left from the 1954 U.S. Capitol shooting incident and looked at the busts of the historical and mythical lawmakers high on the walls of the chamber.
Most of the team had never been to D.C., where the team is currently staying in preparation for the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland on Friday against Temple.
"We really think that athletics adds a lot to the educational mission," athletic director Bubba Cunningham told the DTH. "... anything we can do with our student athletes to provide an educational tour outside the classroom, we really try to take advantage of that."
McIntyre arranged the visit when he was in Chapel Hill last Monday, sitting in Top of the Hill listening to head coach Mack Brown speak on the radio about the team's upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. At the prompting of his wife, Dee, McIntyre invited the team to tour the Capitol and sit on the floor of the House Chambers.