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April 23, 2002

COLUMBIA, S.C. — –
Joined by USC Defensive Coordinator Charlie Strong, 15 members of the South
Carolina football team went to the State Capitol grounds Tuesday morning to welcome the American Cancer Society’s national bus tour. The bus, which individuals are signing for the fight against cancer as it makes its tour, made a noon-time stop at the capitol building. The bus later travelled to Washington, D.C., as part of the American Cancer Society’s awareness program.

The USC football players were invited guests as part of Team Gamecocks, the
athletics department’s community service project.

The Honorable South Carolina Governor James Hodges joined the football players and Strong in signing the bus. Senior Rashad Faison spoke to the crowd about
his own mother’s battle with cancer.

“My mother was diagnosed with lung cancer recently. All of us are touched
by cancer, including my family,” said Faison. “It’s a tough battle and
that’s why we are here today to support the American Cancer Society. They
help so many people.”

A number of the players acknowledged family members had had cancer as they
signed the bus and then autographs for a number of school children.

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