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Byron Jerideau attends Gamecock Club recruitment event

Local resident Carl Zeigler (left) chats with Byron Jerideau. Photo by Rick Tobin

The Colleton County Chapter of the Gamecock Club welcomed the assistance of former University of South Carolina football star, and current San Diego Charger, Byron Jerideau, Friday evening, to recruit new members into that national booster organization. Jerideau is a Walterboro resident, and played football at Colleton County High School.

Jerideau signed autographs and greeted Gamecock fans at the Main Street Grille on East Washington Street during the membership drive. The Gamecock Club is a private booster organization with 15,000 members nationwide.

The club generates most of the university’s scholarship funding, and has generated 100 million dollars since 2010. This was accomplished through payment of membership dues. The primary benefit for club members is getting first priority for the purchase of season and individual home game tickets for USC football, baseball, and basketball games.

The Gamecock Club offers a tiered membership program, which entails more privileges with how much membership money is spent. The more expensive memberships provide more benefits for people who purchase them.

By joining the Gamecock Club, members automatically become members of both the local and national chapters. There is just a single due paid by members.

Jerideau autographed pictures of himself, along with memorabilia that fans brought to the restaurant. Jerideau also provided the club with a used Gamecock football jersey to raffle. Tickets were five dollars apiece. Anyone who joined the Gamecock Club Friday evening received 10 raffle tickets at no charge.

The local Gamecock Club also raffled off a pair of sideline passes for this season’s Carolina-Clemson football rivalry. Those tickets were $20 each, and the winner will be drawn during the club’s Pep Rally Party in November.

Rick Tobin, Editor (434 Posts)