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University of South Carolina Athletics Department's Community Service
program, "Team Gamecocks," represents a continuing commitment by
Gamecock student athletes, coaches and staff to respond with both time
and effort to the needs of their local communities. Student athletes
actively and directly involve themselves by sharing
and experiences with a variety of audiences throughout the Midlands.
Every year, student athletes from different athletic teams coordinate
team projects by taking responsibility to serve as goodwill ambassadors
not only for their respective programs, but also for the Athletics
Department and the University of South Carolina as a whole. In addition,
a number of student athletes elect to perform individual community
service hours in a variety of areas. The University of South Carolina
Athletics Department is committed to providing volunteer opportunities
for student athletes to connect with people in the surrounding
community. The greater Columbia community is invited to utilize members
of Team Gamecocks to serve as role models and willing volunteers.
A few of the many ways Team Gamecocks have served the Midlands has
included reading to local elementary school children, collecting food
for the Harvest Hope Food Bank, visiting both hospitalized veterans and
children, and interacting with kids in after-school programs. There are
ongoing opportunities for Team Gamecocks as well as scheduled events.
Student athletes can select service opportunities in which they are most