USC Basketball Kicks Off 8K in 8 Days

COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) — The South Carolina men’s basketball team kicked off its second “8K in 8 Days” campaign on Friday afternoon with a visit to Greenview Park for “Moving and Learning with Gamecock Basketball” in conjunction with the City of Columbia. Many players from the team took part in the community outreach initiative, including sophomore guard Marcus Stroman. Stroman, who grew up two streets away from Greenview Park, relished the opportunity to give something back to the youth members in the area. “Today was really fun because I know what it was like to be a young kid and have basketball players come and visit you,” Stroman said. “We appreciate all the support we’ve received from the community, and it was great to see how excited the kids were when we arrived.” Gamecock great Carey Rich introduced the players in attendance after they arrived in the gym. Rich was recently named Assistant Superintendent for the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation. “It’s great to have that presence of the athletic department in the community,” Rich said. “To have the opportunity to be up close and personal with the Gamecocks is a joy for the kids.” Following player introductions, the Gamecocks took part in layup drills as the kids watched from the sidelines. Youth members were then invited on the floor to do a series of stretching exercises with the team. Later in the afternoon, the team divided the group of over 180 kids into five sections to take part in shooting and dribbling activities. The event continued with a group photo and a player questionnaire, and the afternoon ended following an autograph session. “It was a great start and this whole week is a great experience,” junior guard Duane Notice said. “When I was growing up it was a big deal for athletes to visit us, and I definitely know how these kids felt today.” Season ticket prices for the upcoming season remain unchanged, 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), the Coke Family Sections are available for $600 (four tickets) and upper level tickets are available for $200 (no Gamecock Club membership required). End zone seating in the upper level is priced at four seats for $360. University Faculty/Staff members receive a 20% discount on lower level and upper level ticket prices. Gamecock fans who have already renewed their season tickets for the 2015-16 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 the GamecocksOnline.com online store, a game day VIP experience and a trip with the team for an away game. To place a deposit for season tickets, fans are encouraged to visit GamecocksOnline.com/Tickets, or call 1-800-4SC-FANS.

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