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The Palmetto Series Presented by the SC Education Lottery Kicks Off Tonight
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The Palmetto Series Presented by the SC Education Lottery Kicks Off Tonight

The Palmetto Series points chase starts tonight in women’s soccer as the South Carolina Gamecocks and Clemson Tigers compete at Stone Stadium on the USC campus. This year’s competition between the two Palmetto State rivals is presented by the South Carolina Education Lottery.

When the rivals face off this season, each will earn points for a win with the overall winner taking home the Palmetto Series trophy and bragging rights.

This week, the two schools will also compete in men’s soccer tomorrow (Friday) night at Stone Stadium and in volleyball at Clemson’s Jervey Gym on Tuesday, September 6.

“Whether you cheer for the Tigers or the Gamecocks, I think we can all agree on the importance of educating South Carolina’s students,” said the Lottery’s Executive Director Hogan Brown. “We are excited to share with fans the real and lasting impact lottery dollars are having at these great institutions and in classrooms all over the state.”

Over the last two decades, education funding in the state of South Carolina has benefited from $7.2 billion in lottery proceeds, with students at USC and Clemson receiving more than 350,000 lottery-funded scholarships and grants.

With the Lottery’s sponsorship of the Palmetto Series, a few new points are up for grabs. A point will be awarded to the school with the most current LIFE scholarship recipients and another point for the most current Palmetto Fellows scholarship recipients. And, fans will have a say when they enter their $5 Carolina Jackpot and Clemson Jackpot scratch-offs in the Rival Play Second-Chance Promotion, the school’s ticket with the most entries earns a point.

Started in 2015, the Gamecocks lead the overall Palmetto Series 4-0.

“I am proud of the achievements made by our student-athletes in athletic competition, in the classroom and in the community,” said South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner. “We are appreciative of the South Carolina Education Lottery becoming the sponsor of this great series that highlights the broad based successes of our athletics programs.”

The Tigers like their chances of raising the coveted trophy this year.

“We are excited about the return of the Palmetto Series, and each one of our programs circles the game on their calendars each year,” said Clemson Athletics Director Graham Neff. “As a state institution, we know how deeply our fans care about this rivalry, and this is a great opportunity to bring additional stakes to an already high-interest match-up.”

Here’s a look at the scoring for this year’s Palmetto Series presented by the South Carolina Education Lottery.

– 1 point to the winner of each of the following South Carolina vs. Clemson match-ups:
o Baseball – TBA
o Men’s Basketball – Friday, November 11
o Women’s Basketball – Thursday, November 17
o Women’s Cross Country – TBA
o Football – Saturday, November 26
o Men’s Golf – TBA
o Women’s Golf – TBA
o Men’s Soccer – Friday, September 2
o Women’s Soccer – Thursday, September 1
o Softball – TBA
o Men’s Tennis – TBA
o Women’s Tennis – TBA
o Volleyball – Tuesday, September 6

– 1 point for the school with the current most LIFE Scholarship recipients
– 1 point for the school with the current most Palmetto Fellows Scholarship recipients
– 1 point for the school with the most entries into the Rival Play Second-Chance Promotion through the tickets (variable and up to fans/players to decide)