COLUMBIA — The University of South Carolina Athletics Department held its annual Gamecock Gala on April 28 at Colonial Life Arena. The event honoured the University’s student-athletes for their accomplishments during the 2013-14 campaign.
Student-athletes, administrators, coaches and special guests attended the elegant event, which featured a red carpet entrance, heavy hors d’oeuvres and special awards ceremony. ESPN’s Cara Capuano and Anish Shroff served as the emcees for the evening for the second year in a row.
Jeannelle Scheper from the women’s track and field team earned the night’s most prestigious honor, the President’s Award, which was presented by University of South Carolina President Dr. Harris Pastides.
Since coming to South Carolina at the age of 16, this year’s winner of the President’s Award has left no question that she is the best high jumper to ever don the Garnet and Black. In 2013, she clinched the program’s first-ever SEC high jump championship and followed up the feat by capturing back-to-back NCAA Indoor silver medals.
The St. Lucia native is the first high jump All-American in school history and now has five certificates to her name. She is the first and only Gamecock woman to clear 6’ and holds both the indoor and outdoor school records. Last fall, she earned national recognition, winning the inaugural Hammer Strength All-American Award, and this spring she was voted the 2014 Coaches Association Southeast Region Field Athlete of the Year.
Not just a champion on the field, she is a team captain has earned placement on the SEC Academic Honor Roll and Coaches Association All-Academic Status during her career. A Math major, she carries a 3.661 grade point average, was recognized at the Gala as the Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field MVP, was honored last year as the Co-Female Athlete of the Year and represents the track & field team on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
The 2014 Garnet Award, which symbolizes passion and devotion for Gamecock Athletics, was presented to Dr. Eddie and Mrs. Kay Floyd. The Floyd’s have been fixtures at Gamecock Athletics events for decades. With over 20 years of membership in the Gamecock Club, these donors are some of the program’s most loyal supporters and passionate fans. Trustee, ambassadors, volunteers and true Gamecocks only begins to describe this dynamic duo.
Their love and loyalty to the University has extended to generations with many family members attending USC.