Gamecocks visit children's hospital

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) -- Members of the South Carolina men's basketball team spent time visiting the Palmetto Children's Hospital on Friday afternoon, signing autographs and playing with kids. The community outreach is part of the "8K In 8 Days" campaign for Gamecock men's basketball.

Sophomore guards Justin McKie and Duane Notice, and freshman forward TeMarcus Blanton attended the hour-long event. Playing several games with children and even stopping by a few rooms at the hospital to bring Happy Birthday wishes.

Notice spoke about the community service event, and how it brings the team closer together to attend events like today's.

"It definitely warms my heart to see all of the kids in here today playing board games and having fun," Notice said. "Today has definitely been a great experience for my teammates and me."

Notice also mentioned what a fantastic week of community outreach the team has been able to take part in this week.

"We've all enjoyed it (the week of community outreach). We've all been paired up and went to different community service events. It's been a great week of events. We get to spend time with everyone who has supported us throughout the year."

Jessica Tesch from the Hospital staff also spoke about the impact of having the Gamecocks visit the children today.

"It was an extra excitement (to have the basketball players visit today)," Tesch said. "We love bringing new experiences to the kids.

"We try to bring in new and exciting things to bring their spirits up and bring them smiles."

Season ticket prices for the upcoming season remain unchanged from the 2013-14 campaign, with full season packages starting at $90. Like last season, fans can purchase lower level season tickets for $260 (Gamecock Club membership required for sections 104-106, 113-115) and University faculty and staff can buy tickets for $210. The Coke Family Section is available for $600 (four tickets). Upper level tickets are available for $200 (no Gamecock Club membership required) and faculty and staff can purchase tickets in the upper bowl for $160. End zone seating in the upper level is priced at four seats for $360.

Gamecock fans who have already renewed their season tickets for the 2014-15 campaign and those fans who purchase new or renew their season tickets during the "8K In 8 Days" campaign, are eligible to win a prize each day of the initiative. Prizes include a game-worn jersey, an autographed basketball, a $100 gift card to Garnet and Black Traditions, and the grand prize, a VIP trip with the team for an away game to an exciting destination.

To place a deposit for season tickets, fans are encouraged to visit GamecocksOnline.com/Tickets, or all 1-800-4SC-FANS. Fans should stay tuned to GamecocksOnline.com for updates on the "8K In 8 Days" campaign.

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