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Gamecocks host Special Olympics as part of "8K in 8 Days" campaign

The Gamecocks men's basketball team opened their "8K In 8 Days" campaign by hosting Special Olympics of South Carolina in a community outreach event on Tuesday at Colonial Life Arena.

"This meant a lot to us to give back to the community because [head coach] Frank [Martin] always teaches us that you never know when your day might be over," senior guard Tyrone Johnson said, "to make every day your best and be the best man you can possibly be every day."

The night saw everyone split into small groups that competed in shooting contests, dribbling drills, and a tour of the Gamecocks' locker room and weight room facilities.

"This means a great deal to our athletes," Director of Communication for Special Olympics South Carolina Leigh Cheatham said. "They may not always have this type of one-on-one with a Division I sports team. They train and compete just like these guys do and they take their game very seriously so to come hang out with them and learn from them is really a big deal. I don't think anyone gets this kind of one-on-one treatment. It shows that they respect what Special Olympics does and stands for."

Players later signed autographed and took group pictures with the athletes.

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