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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After 12 years, the Charlotte Hornets name has officially returned to the Carolinas.

Today, the name of Charlotte’s original NBA franchise is back as the Charlotte Bobcats have officially re-branded as the Charlotte Hornets.

“Today is truly an historic day for our franchise, our city and our fans as we mark the official return of the Charlotte Hornets,” said Hornets Sports & Entertainment Chairman Michael Jordan. “Thanks to our fans who were the driving force behind the Hornets name returning. We are thrilled to be able to bring the Hornets name back to the Carolinas.”

Coinciding with the formal name change, the team released the following schedule of events that feature several re-branded Hornets activities:

Upcoming Hornets events 

June 5 — Hugo the Hornet will make his triumphant return to Charlotte.

June 9 — The Hornets will hold a full-staff day of service at Hornets Nest Elementary School along with Lowe’s and Fox Sports Carolinas/SportSouth. Employees from all three organizations will complete various beautification and refurbishment projects at the school, as well as delivering Hornets Thank You kits to all 9,600 teachers at 160 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

June 19 — Hornets team uniforms for the 2014-15 NBA season will be officially revealed.

June 26 — Hornets new playing floor design unveiled at Time Warner Cable Arena.

July 11-21 — The Charlotte Hornets name will return to NBA action at the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Oct. 2014 — The Hornets will host the inaugural Buzz Fest, a multi-day fan festival celebrating the beginning of the 2014-15 NBA season and return of the Hornets name. This interactive event will feature Hornets legends and current players, autograph and photo stations, basketball games, skills challenges, musical acts and more.