The University of South Carolina Athletics Department held its annual Gamecock Gala on Monday evening, April 17, 2017, at Colonial Life Arena. The event honored the University's student-athletes for their accomplishments during the 2016-17 campaign. Student-athletes, administrators, coaches and special guests attended the elegant event, which featured a red carpet entrance, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a special awards ceremony with presentations and video features.
The winner of this year's President's Award, Chelsea Drennan from the women's soccer team, served as the team captain for her squad this season, helping to lead Carolina to a program-record 21 wins and the 2016 SEC Regular-Season Title. She anchored the Gamecock midfield during her time in the Garnet and Black, appearing in every match throughout her four-year career. She concluded her time in uniform as the women's soccer program's all-time assists leader with 40, and she is ranked fourth in school history with 66 career points. Following an outstanding senior campaign, she earned NSCAA Second-Team All-America honors and was tabbed an NSCAA First-Team Scholar All-American, in addition to earning SEC Academic Honor Roll accolades for the fourth-straight year. This Gamecock is a standout not only on the field and in the classroom, but also in the community, volunteering for organizations such as Meals on Wheels and Harvest Hope Food Bank during her Carolina career.
A complete list of award winners for the 2017 Gamecock Gala is listed below: