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Dedication of the Dodie

Click here for a photo gallery from Wednesday’s dedication ceremony

Student athletes, coaches, and members of the Gamecock Club gathered for the dedication ceremony for The Dodie Academic Enrichment Center today. Dodie Anderson, the donor whose generosity made the building possible with a $6 million donation, was also in attendance with her family. The center is the first building in what will become the Athletics Village and will facilitate the academic needs of student athletes.

Athletics Director Eric Hyman started the event by thanking everyone who made The Dodie possible including donors and those in charge of construction and design. University President Dr. Harris Pastides reflected on the outstanding year the university has had so far in the areas of both athletics and academics. Pastides said that The Dodie “will bring together academics and athletics very literally.” The building offers student athletes large study areas, a dining facility, tutor rooms, and computer labs. Several rooms in the building will bear the names of donors who contributed to the project.  Pastides said that the facility will serve as “a great recruiting tool.” Football head coach Steve Spurrier mentioned that the Dodie was one of the many reasons Gamecock signee Marcus Lattimore chose South Carolina.

Women’s soccer All-American and SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Blakely Mattern represented the student athletes at the dedication. She was extremely excited about the new building and expressed her gratitude to everyone who helped with the project, especially Dodie Anderson. Mattern said that the building would lend to an even greater student athlete community, something she has cherished during her time as a Gamecock. “I would stay [at South Carolina] forever if they would let me,” said Mattern.

Men’s basketball head coach Darrin Horn said that he knows Dodie Anderson loves to win. “She loves those ‘W’s,’” he said.  When Anderson stood to speak, she was welcomed with a standing ovation. She quickly confirmed Horn’s statement by stating that she would “love to see more 34-17’s and 68-62’s.” She spoke of her hopes for the athletic community, and ended her speech with a vibrant “Go Cocks!”

The dedication came to a close with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Hyman and Pastides stood with Anderson as she cut the garnet ribbon. In the eyes of the Gamecock community, the Dodie is a big step for the athletic department and a huge win for the university.

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See the interior of The Dodie

Check out this photo gallery of the interior of the new Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center. The building will be dedicated tomorrow afternoon.

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Feature Story on The Dodie

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.”

Click here to read an article on the primary benefactor for the facility – Dodie Anderson.

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.”

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The Closer: Afternoon Links & AEC Photos

Don’t forget about “Inside the Roost” tonight with AD Eric Hyman and Derek Scott on 107.5 FM.  Men’s soccer coach Mark Berson will be on tonight’s show.

Downey said he and his teammates were in a “wait and see” mode in determining whether they could compete with the big boys in the SEC. This year will be different.

“We know we’re good enough to compete at the highest level now,” Downey said. “Guys have that swagger now.”

Construction continues on the Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center.  The project is just over 70% complete.  Here’s some recent photos from the site:

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