South Carolina Athletics Holds 2009 Gamecock Gala
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The University of South Carolina Athletics Department held its annual Gamecock Gala on Monday evening at Colonial Life Arena. The event honored the University's student-athletes for their accomplishments during the 2008-09 campaign. Student-athletes, coaches, administrators and special guests attended the elegant event, which featured a red carpet entrance, a first class dinner and special awards ceremony.
Jay Brown of the baseball team won the night's most prestigious award, The President's Award, which was presented to Brown by University of South Carolina President Dr. Harris Pastides. Brown has graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science and is currently pursuing a master's in public administration. He fought back from Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss the entire 2008 season, and also overcame a serious blood clot diagnosis last fall to contribute to the Gamecock baseball team this spring. Brown is a weekly tutor in the Midlands Reading Consortium at Watkins-Nance Elementary School, while he has also worked with the Harvest Hope Food Bank and volunteered at the Martin Luther King Jr. event in Columbia. He has been twice named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
A complete list of the award recipients is below:
SEC McWhorter Scholarship: Ashton Payne, Jason Richardson