College sports: South Carolina offers LSU assistance after flooding
COLUMBIA, S.C. - In response to the recent flooding and hardships faced by the Baton Rouge and LSU community, the University of South Carolina will be coordinating a collection of items that will be sent to flood victims.
Between Wednesday and Friday of this week, those in the Columbia area can bring items to the Gamecock Football equipment truck, which will be located at the Bi-Lo on 4464 Devine Street, Williams-Brice Stadium and the Rice Athletics Center/Carolina Soccer Center. Fans attending the My Carolina Alumni Association Fall Sports Preview Party at the My Carolina Alumni Center on Thursday evening are encouraged to bring items to the event.
Fans can bring items to Bi-Lo (4464 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205) on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as well as Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also, on those who would like to donate can bring items Wednesday to Williams-Brice Stadium (Bluff Road Area) from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. On Thursday, items can also be donated at Rice Athletics Center/Carolina Soccer Center (Heyward & Marion Streets) from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. or My Carolina Alumni Association (900 Senate Street) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Items in need from the Baton Rouge community include the following: baby and adult diapers, baby formula, canned foods (with pop tops), foods in plastic containers such as peanut butter and jelly, individually packaged crackers, snacks and breakfast bars, multi-packaged cereal, new and unopened socks, underwear, towels and blankets.
“LSU was so gracious to assist us in our time of need,” said USC President Harris Pastides. “Now, it is our turn to help our SEC friends. I encourage all Gamecocks to drop off items needed for the Baton Rouge flood relief.”
During the historic October floods of 2015, LSU hosted the Gamecocks in a football game originally scheduled for Williams-Brice Stadium on Oct. 10. All net proceeds from the game were given by LSU to South Carolina. Also, following the game, an autographed game-worn jersey from LSU running back Leonard Fournette raised funds for South Carolina flood relief.
“I would like to encourage everyone to donate to help our friends in the Baton Rouge area that need our assistance,” said USC Athletics Director Ray Tanner.