The Union County Gamecock Club kicked off their Annual Tiger Burn at Truluck Gym at 6pm on last Monday.
Club President David Cuthbertson greeted the enthusiastic crowd of 175 Gamecock fans.
Cuthbertson introduced Assistant Gamecock Club Director Aaron Lucas who talked about the Gamecock Club and what it is like being a former athlete (basketball star 1998 - 2002) and representing the Gamecock Club. Lucas introduced guest speaker, Terry Cousin, former Gamecock (four-year football letterman (1993-’96) and 12-year NFL veteran.
Cousin talked about what it was like being from Miami, Florida and traveling to Columbia to play for the Gamecocks. He said one of the first things he learned once arriving on campus was the magnitude of the Carolina - Clemson rivalry. He went on to talk about playing in the Clemson games and how he helped the Gamecocks defeat the Tigers twice – both in Death Valley. The last win coming in 1994 (33-7), the same year that the team and Steve Tannyhill stomped on the tiger paw.
Cuthbertson then introduced the Gamecock cheerleaders and Cocky. They entertained the crowd for several minutes with cheers and Cocky slamming the tiger to the floor. After their performance Pat Hendrix presented Cocky and the Cheerleaders with a check for $600.
After the children had pictures with the cheerleaders and Cocky everyone headed outside for the burning of the tiger and a fireworks display.