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Babies compete for college savings account at UNC game, but then one stopped to wave at Rameses

Posted January 5, 2020 3:44 p.m. EST
Updated January 6, 2020 10:48 a.m. EST

— There were a few twists and turns as four babies competed in a crawling race during halftime of the UNC game against Georgia Tech on Saturday, but one finally made it to the finish line.

Lleyton Webb of Hillsborough won the $529 grand prize, which will be contributed to an NC 529 account. College Foundation Inc. sponsored the Diapers to Dorms Dash to promote the college savings accounts.

It looked like little Lleyton might come in second in the "race" as a little girl sped ahead of him toward her mother. But she got swept up in the excitement and took a break to wave at UNC's mascot, Rameses, who was crawling along with the babies. The crowd went wild, and the announcer asked, "Are you even her mom?" It's adorable and is all featured in the video above.

Diapers to Dorms Dash at UNC, Jan. 4, 2020

The three other contestants won $25 in an NC 529 account for participating.

The Diapers to Dorms Dash, now a regular event at North Carolina sporting events, is a reminder that it's never too early to start saving for your child's college education. The NC 529 Plan is a tax-advantaged way to save for a child’s future education needs. Earnings are not subject to state or federal taxes if the money is used for qualified education expenses.

“Babies grow up so quickly, and parents may not be thinking about college right now,” said Laura Morgan, Vice President of Communications, Savings, and Legal Affairs at College Foundation, Inc., in a press release about the event. “The Diapers to Dorms Dash is a fun way to get all families thinking about putting aside money for future college expenses and even K–12 tuition. NC 529 Plans are helpful for busy parents with young children because they can set up automatic bank transfers or payroll deductions now, and watch the savings grow with their child.”

More information about North Carolina's 529 plan is on the College Foundation of North Carolina's website.