Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott and USC Gamecocks share hope with stars of tomorrow
Student athletes from the University of South Carolina Gamecocks men’s basketball team, Sindarius Thornwell, Michael Carrera, and Laimonas Chatkevicius shared words of wisdom, and worked out with camp participants Wednesday July 23, at Burnside Elementary School, conducting exercises and sharing leadership skills.
Participants in the camp received a wide variety of activities during the camp by the athletes. The men’s basketball team taught everything from warm up drills, stretching, and even the “Go Gamecocks” huddle break.
There was never a dull moment during the visit; USC athletes shared how they dreamed about becoming ballplayers, how they used to watch college basketball games on television, and from the stands, and now they are living the dream. The athletes talked about their youth and the situations they have gone through as kids. They encouraged the campers to continue to work hard, do their best, and the importance of education. The message was clear to the elementary aged participants, to not lose focus and realized their goal, and once a goal was set, not to lose site or give up until that goal was reached.
Richland County Sheriff’s Department holds six camps every year, each with a particular focus in mind for elementary through high school students. For more information on the summer camps or additional information on any programs offered at the Richland County Sheriff ’s Department, visit www.rcsd.net or call Lieutenant Verlon Rhodes at 518-6756.