July 26, 2002
Columbia, SC – A number of Gamecock football players went to Camp Kemo
today, hosted by Camp Kinard, and it was hard to tell who had more fun – the
kids they visited or the football players. The players spent almost three
hours visiting, signing autographs, playing games, singing and dancing.
The camp is for kids and siblings with cancer, with the kids ranging in age
from five to 18. “The kids really looked forward to their visit and it looks
like everyone had a great time,” said counselor Tim McDonald.
The USC players, all members of Team Gamecocks (USC’s community service
program), were introduced and then ate lunch among the more than 120 campers
and counselors. Many, huge Gamecock fans, had their pictures taken
throughout lunch as USC’s unofficial theme song ‘2001’ played in the
“This was the most fun I have had since college,” said sophomore Jonathan
Alston. “I am glad I came here today.”
After lunch, the players played games and visited with the kids. The
players also broke out their sharpies and signed autographs. They signed
everything from media guides to stickers to t-shirts, hats and schedule
“I enjoyed spending time with the children and seeing what their everyday
life is about,” said offensive lineman Jeff Barnes. “It was amazing to see
their smiling faces as we intermingled with them. I’m glad I as able to be
a part of such a great experience.”
“Playing the games, singing songs, dancing with the kids – it was a blast,”
said spur Jonathan Martin. “It was a great way to spend our day off.”
“This is what it’s all about,” said wide receiver Corey Taylor.
A number of the players, including Corey Jenkins, Corey Taylor, Shaun
Smith, Issac Stackhouse and Rachiem Monroe, learned the cup game from more
than 20 kids.
“That game’s hard and those kids are great at it,” said quarterback Corey
Jenkins. “I know the kids enjoyed us visiting today, but this is the type
of stuff that motivates me in practice. Just spending some time with them,
it was great. They might not be able to play football later in life and
it’s nice to know we can give part of ourselves and have a good time with
The kids also taught the players a few songs and danced around the room.
The players included the following: Jonathan Alston, Josh Brown, Fran
Pearson, Jonathan Martin, Corey Jenkins, Isaac Stackhouse, Shaun Smith, Josh
Malloy, Brandon Jeffcoat, Racheim Monroe, Corey Taylor, Jeff Barnes and