First Night Carolina

Several members of the athletics department helped welcome new South Carolina freshmen students to campus at First Night Carolina on Saturday night.  Nearly 3,000 freshmen heard from women’s soccer coach Shelley Smith, men’s soccer coach Mark Berson, women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley and men’s basketball coach Darrin Horn as part of the event at Williams-Brice Stadium.

  • Coach Berson and Coach Smith introduced their freshmen players to the crowd and encouraged the students to support their teams this season.
  • Coach Staley offered Gamecock apparel to the first ten people who tweeted “First Night Carolina” to her Twitter page.
  • Coach Horn arrived in a Garnet Army t-shirt and talked about the student section at basketball.  He also left with the quote of the night: “This ain’t your daddy’s Carolina… this Carolina doesn’t lose at home!”

Students also received information about the new Student Rewards program – a way to earn points for Under Armour merchandise just for attending Gamecock events.  Click here for more info on the rewards program.


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