The State newspaper ran an in-depth feature story by Bob Gillespie on the new Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center. Click here to read “‘Dodie’ new heart of USC athletics.” The building will be dedicated in a ceremony on Wednesday.
For Hyman, that view is symbolic of the future of USC athletics. One can see three of the school’s four most familiar athletics structures – and if The Dodie were taller than three stories, Harrison might catch a glimpse of basketball’s Colonial Life Arena, too – but none of those, Hyman said, will be any more crucial than the new building.
“This is the heart of the athletics department,” said Hyman, who loves to use the term “beehive” to describe the traffic among athletes he expects in the 40,000-square-foot structure. “Academics and athletics at some places are separate, but they’re not mutually exclusive. It’s so important that we give young people the tools to be successful academically.”
A lifelong supporter of community causes in the Upstate, Anderson is an ardent USC fan who shares seats at football games with daughter Randi Berry. When approached several years ago by Hyman about a donation, her first question was, “What does (football coach) Steve (Spurrier) want?”
The Dodie is the result. “I was at the (2008) groundbreaking and had my picture made with the (SEC-champion) girls soccer team,” she said. “That was fun. I just love the Gamecocks.”