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Howell's Beard Gang serves bigger purpose

Posted February 29, 2012

— Around the RBC Center during North Carolina State basketball games, fans can be found wearing shirts that have a “Beard Gang” logo on them. The shirts are in honor of the bearded Wolfpack forward Richard Howell and serve a special purpose.

Before the season, Howell and his friends decided the bearded big man needed a fan club - Howell’s beard gang was born.

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“We talked about it one day and the next minute we made the shirts,” Howell said.

The shirts were made by Howell’s friend, Jeremy Deckelbaum, a business major at NC State. Florida St. dominates NC State in 76-62 win Our Lens On: Richard Howell

“Everybody started wanting the shirts, from the team, my friends, and I got a hundred made,” Deckelbaum said. “(I) sold a hundred in three days. Once I realized that this really could become something, I talked to Rich and said, ‘Rich, man, we’ve got to figure out what we’re going to do with this money.’”

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Howell then thought of his past. His sister, Brianna, died in a car crash six years ago.

“It’s something that really hurt me, and it took me awhile to get used to,” Howell said.

Remembering how he dealt with losing his sister during his teenage years, Howell wanted the shirt sales to go to a charity that helped children. N.C. State Logo More NC State Stories

Deckelbaum suggested the Make-A-Wish foundation. For the foundation, Deckelbaum says the shirts have raised more than $3,000 to date, but the goal is to get up to $10,000.

“We’re going to select a local family, hopefully, an NC State family, and we’re going to grant their wish,” Deckelbaum said about their plans for when they get to $10,000. “Send them on their way to Disney World or whatever they want to do.”

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Of course, the better Howell plays, the more the shirts sell. With two games before the start of the ACC Tournament, Howell is averaging 10.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game and is one of three Wolfpack players to start all 29 games.

“Everybody wants to be part of the Beard Gang now,” Deckelbaum said. “We’re getting a lot of calls, and I think we’ll be at our goal before we know it.”


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  • greggw7740 Mar 2, 2012

    great story, good for state. Great cause, cool t shirts, and it gives the school something to be proud of. couldnt be happier, good luck with the goal!

  • iron fist Mar 1, 2012

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    some people cannot just help themselves from posting hate when they should be focused on the positive these young men are going I hope they meet there goals

  • shakennotstirred Mar 1, 2012

    Good idea! Now if they really want to make some cash, they should sell his sweat. Dude looks like he just got out of the pool during the national anthem. GO PACK!

  • wizakid Mar 1, 2012

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    This is a great story. To bad there's so many pack fans like pup. Young man, one day you will grow up and remove yourself from the name calling and obsession with UNC.

    Again, great story and all the best to Mr. Howell

  • stevee2 Mar 1, 2012

    Howell was the MAN last night against Miami! We need for him to be as assertive every game as we head into the tourney. Great story about the tee shirts and charity!

  • fireman1234 Mar 1, 2012

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    Dude, as a matter of fact, I have purchased several shirts, thank you. Plus, over the years I have donated to the make-a-wish foundation also. So put that in your pipe and smoke it there smokin. Now go back into your hole in Chapel Hill and dwell on yourself!!

  • Smokin Mar 1, 2012

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    Dude, you need to step away from whatever you're drinking. Why post your hatred on an article about a couple young men doing a good thing? I hope they surpass their goal. Have YOU bought a shirt to help them? Since they're students at your holy grail school, why not help them out rather than make yourself look a fool?

  • eddiewan5150 Mar 1, 2012

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    Dude, I get your intended sarcasm but this wasn't the place for it. Great article about a great cause.

  • fireman1234 Mar 1, 2012

    Great story, but I'm sure the Carowhiners will turn him in to Ol' Swoffie at ACC office so he can turn them in to the NCAA for a violation. Get ready Coach Gott, death penalty on the horizon. BTW, still waiting on NCAA decision on University of North Cheaters football program and ALL of their violations. Going on 2yrs now, what you waiting on NCAA? Or does Ol' Swoffie got that taken care of. GO PACK!!

  • letscare Mar 1, 2012

    A nice story about what seem to be a couple of great guys!

    It's too bad we don't get to read these stories as much as the stories about kids doing bad things. There are many more kids doing good things than are doing bad things.




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