2018-11-30 / News

Gamecock fans answer challenge for Veterans

Contributed by the Columbia VA Health Care System

It began with a request to the Columbia community during a radio interview.

Jim Wertman, a chairman of the annual Vets Christmas Charity Ride, was on local radio station FM 94.3-The Dude, discussing the upcoming charity ride event, when the challenge was made to listeners to support Veterans by giving up their unused or extra University of South Carolina Gamecocks football tickets.

As usual for this area, the fans showed up and showed out, by giving away nearly 50 tickets for the November 17 matchup between the Chattanooga Mocs and the South Carolina Gamecocks. From Spartanburg to Society Hill and points throughout the state, fans readily gave up their tickets and even bought some in support of the veterans. Many of the tickets were in prime locations, such as those seats along the 50 yard line.

Tammy Finney, chief community relations & engagement service for the Columbia VA Health Care System, was able to randomly hand out tickets to several veteran Gamecock fans who were in the facility for service and care. Other tickets were provided to veteran employees on a first come-first serve basis.

“It’s all about the military appreciation that the USC Gamecock family and fans continue to show our veterans,” Finney said.

Gamecock fans have also promised to continue their support and provide future tickets for future games.

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