Get Cocky: A day to celebrate a USC role model
By Megan Sexton, firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-777-1421
Everybody loves Cocky.
There is no question the USC mascot is a hit everywhere he goes – from high-fiving students around campus to leading the way in charity drives to promoting literacy around the state through Cocky’s Reading Express.
While other mascots spend much of their time on the athletic fields, Cocky embraces the whole university. That’s why the University of South Carolina will celebrate National Philanthropy Day on Thursday (Nov. 15) by honoring the feathered mascot on Greene Street.
“Cocky is such a great role model in terms of teaching us all how to give back. He is a special member of Gamecock Nation,” said Denise Wellman, director of Carolina’s Visitor Center. “Cocky truly knows how to serve.”
The university plans to honor Cocky’s role at Carolina with a life-size bronze statue on campus next year, showing his importance and his place in the Carolina family. At Thursday’s event, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in front of the Russell House, Cocky will be available for photos, he will join a flash mob dance with a host of fans, and supporters also will be able to contribute to Cocky’s statue fund. Only private funds will be used to build the statue -- “one feather at a time,” Wellman said.
“National Philanthropy Day is about doing the right thing. And Cocky is all about doing the right thing,” she said. “This event is about honoring Cocky and everything he does for a proud Gamecock Nation. And it’s also about building excitement for immortalizing him on our campus.”
A variety of current and former student leaders are involved in the fundraising effort to create and install the statue. The group hopes to raise enough money so Cocky can be unveiled on Gibbes Green in fall 2013, just in time for the 10th anniversary of his reign as Capital One Mascot of the Year.
A Cocky statue presents an opportunity for prospective students to form a personal attachment with the university and celebrate a tradition even before they officially enroll. The statue would also be a spot for students, both former and current, plus children, parents and grandparents to gather, pose for photographs and enjoy some time with Cocky.
“Our mascot embraces the whole university…And Cocky transcends generations. Everybody loves him,” Wellman said.
Find out more about how you can help “Gibbes Cocky a Home” at www.sc.edu/Cocky.
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