Part of the student-athlete experience is travel, and the Gamecocks go in style. From upgraded buses and charter flights for games in the continental United States to international jaunts to Cancun and the Virgin Islands, South Carolina offers only the best. Head coach Dawn Staley knows the value in experiencing things outside one's comfort zone, and she makes sure to push her players' cultural and intellectual horizons as much as their athletic ones. In her five seasons, the Gamecocks have played in Cancun, Mexico, and made two trips to the U.S. Virgin Islands. While returning with championship trophies in two of those three tournaments, the Gamecocks also enjoyed luxury hotel accommodations, sandy beaches, jet skiing and banana boat rides in crystal clear blue water, touring around town on scooters and snorkeling off a catamaran. In 2009-10, South Carolina faced stiff competition in the beautiful setting of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Around three games set at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center, the Gamecocks also experienced the historic setting and untouched natural beauty of the island�s breathtaking beaches, crystal clear blue water and pristine coral reefs.