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Published on July 19th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Gamecock Football Kicks Off Season at Richland Library

The USC Football team took the field for the first time this season at an unusual place—Richland Library. For the last 17 years, the Library and the Gamecocks have partnered for the popular summer program Pigskin Poets which helps emphasize the importance of summer reading and learning to families.

One afternoon each summer the Library’s auditorium transforms into a mini Williams-Brice Stadium complete with 400 fans of all ages. Instead of tackles and touch downs, Gamecock nation was treated to stories, games and autographs.

Damiere Byrd, Jordan Diggs, Sharrod Golightly and Kaiwan Lewis were among the more than 20 players who volunteered to participate in this year’s events.

“One of the most powerful things about this program is the student-athletes who ask to return year after year to participate in the event,” said Padgett Mozingo, Richland Library Marketing and Communications Manager. “Whether they realize it or not, their dedication, passion and excitement rubs off on the kids and helps inspire a community of life-long learners.”

Richland Library works every day during the summer to help maintain and Advance the academic and developmental growth of Midlands’ youth. Pigskin Poets helps reduce summer learning loss by rewarding Friends’ Summer Learning Challenge participants with one-on-one contact with their favorite Gamecock heroes, and reinforces the importance of setting and reaching their goals—both on and off the field.

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