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Celebrating National Student-Athlete Day

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Guest post written by Life Skills & Community Outreach Coordinator Erica Nelson

Today we celebrate the 25th Annual "National Student-Athlete Day"!   Co-sponsored by the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations, this special day honors student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics, while having made significant contributions to their schools and communities.  Many schools use this day to give back to the community or to organize special ceremonies and presentations to recognize student-athletes.

Alex Holland cotton candy.JPG As our student-athletes have already created deeply rooted relationships with the Columbia community, the Life Skills department decided to use this opportunity to celebrate Gamecock student-athletes for their accomplishments. We created a party-like atmosphere for dinner at training table in the Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center (affectionately known as "The Dodie").  From the D.J. spinning popular music, to cotton candy and BBQ hamburgers, to the distribution of National Student-Athlete Day t-shirts, fun was had by all! Brian Richardson, a sophomore on the men's basketball team commented, "I wish we could do this everyday!" 

The Athletics Department has good reason to celebrate our student-athletes today.  From the five consecutive years they have led the SEC Academic Honor Roll, the nine teams who finished the 2010-11 year ranked in the top 25 nationally and the over 3,700 hours they have contributed in community outreach since July 1st, our student-athletes continue to make us proud! 
At today's home women's tennis and baseball competitions, they will also be recognized in honor of National Student-Athlete Day and some of you driving in to campus near the Blossom Street/Huger Street intersection may also notice the kudos being paid to them today on our digital billboard.

"It is with great pride and appreciation that we recognize how admirably they have performed as student-athletes and in connecting with the community," said Athletics Director, Eric Hyman.  

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