28 January 2022
Online he’s known as the British Tar Heel, and he’s been embraced by Carolina fans over the past few years during games on social media despite the time difference in England.
This week, George Harmer made his way to North Carolina to see the Tar Heels play for the first time in person.
“Even though I’m all these miles away, I still feel a part of it, watching the game with other people even though it is at 1:00 a.m., 2:00 a.m. [for me],” said Harmer.
He attended the Virginia Tech game Monday and the Boston College game Wednesday.
“It was emotional, I’ll admit. It was fantastic to see the students jump up and down, jump around and getting to see the players so close,” said Harmer.
It’s been quite the week for Harmer — touring campus, going to a Canes game and even hanging out with former players.
“I didn’t go to school here, I’m not even from North Carolina,” said Harmer. “I’m 4,000 miles away. But these guys and the fans have made me feel like I’m a part of the Carolina family.”
He’ll even get to see Roy Williams be honored Saturday during the N.C. State game.
“I’ve traveled 40,00 miles just to see this, so it’s going to be real special,” said Harmer.
Harmer’s Tar Heel fandom started in the summer of 2010 when he came to North Carolina for the first time to be a camp counselor in Hendersonville.
One day he was hanging out with fellow counselors and then “we were playing pick up, and I said to the guys, ‘So who’s my team, who do I support?’ And they were Chapel Hill students, and that’s kind of how the story goes,” said Harmer.
Harmer says he immediately went to Walmart to buy his first pair of Tar Heel shorts, and now he’s the team’s biggest ambassador in the UK.
His 30th birthday is Sunday, and he said this week has been the best birthday present for him so far.
Now all he wants is a Tar Heel win over N.C. State Saturday.