Gamecocks Team Up With RCSD For Camp
COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) — Members of the South Carolina men’s basketball team spent Monday afternoon at the Richland County Sheriff Department’s Character Camp, which was held at Blythewood High School. The community outreach initiative is part of the “8K in 8 Days” campaign for Gamecock men’s basketball. Several players, including guards Marcus Stroman and TeMarcus Blanton, took time teaching youth members the fundamentals of basketball. The group of kids had the opportunity to do layup and free throw drills with each of the Gamecocks in stations set up throughout the gym. “It feels really good to be out here helping the kids,” Blanton said. “When I was young, I used to look up to basketball players too.” Following the drills, youth members gathered around for a question-and-answer with the Gamecocks. The South Carolina players answered a variety of questions and gave insight to the kids about their favorite sports and sports teams. Men’s basketball coach Frank Martin was also in attendance at Monday’s event. “What matters is that we are able to put our players in places where they can interact with youth members,” Martin said. “That’s what we’re trying to do with this, and the response we have received has been phenomenal.” The afternoon concluded with a group photo followed by a player autograph session. Deputy Katelyn Jasak, a public information officer for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, helped organize the event, and she discussed what it meant for the kids to have an opportunity to meet some of the South Carolina student-athletes. “Events like this mean the world to these kids,” Jasak said. “This camp is all about character-building skills and teaching them about teamwork, and for these guys to take some time out of their day to come here means a lot.” 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.