The University of South Carolina and the Athletics Department are heavily involved in the campus and Columbia communities. The Athletics Department's community service program, "Team Gamecocks," represents a continuing commitment by Gamecock student-athletes, coaches and staff to respond with both time and effort to the needs of local communities. Activities have included reading at elementary schools, planting trees around campus, visits to hospitals and senior centers and more. There are ongoing opportunities throughout the year for Team Gamecocks as well as scheduled events. Student-athletes can select service opportunities in which they are most interested.