Youth from Orangeburg, surrounding counties to experience Bulldog Tenacity

Thursday, October 15, 2009

SC State University’s 1890 Research & Extension Program, in collaboration with Coca-Cola North America and Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, will sponsor a trip for nearly 400 students from across the state of  South Carolina to travel to the university and participate in Youth and ROTC Day, as well as Fall Open House on Oct. 17.

The annual SC State event expose youth to university life and the fanfare of Bulldog football, with this year’s game featuring a gridiron brawl between the SC State Bulldogs and Florida A&M University Rattlers.

Approximately 176 students representing 1890 Extension’s Orangeburg Cluster, which serves Bamberg, Calhoun, Dorchester and Orangeburg counties, will join student groups from other 1890 Extension Clusters (Anderson, Charleston, Hampton, Marlboro and Williamsburg)  to attend the event.  Many of the children travelling to SC State participated in 1890 Research & Extension programs such as TechBridge and SMART academies or are members of the youth organization, 4-H. 

“Most of the young people we serve have limited exposure to educational and entertainment opportunities beyond the boundaries of their city. By attending the event, students will be introduced to experiences they might not have otherwise been able to witness,” said Demier Richardson, senior extension director of community education.

Through this year’s theme, “Evolving Bulldogs: Unleashing Bulldog Tenacity,” the university will showcase its academic offerings and ROTC program and introduce visitors to the life of a college student. In addition, planned activities include greetings from university officials and a pre-game pep rally with performances by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions SC State Cheerleading Squad and the Marching 101 Drum line. A pre-game concert featuring DJ Unk will rouse the crowd to dance to the recording artist’s hit singles, “Walk it Out” and “Two Step.”

“Though the event will be exciting and fun for the students we are sponsoring, it’s more important to us to make a difference in the lives of our young people. By visiting the campus, learning about the university, interacting with university leaders and engaging with people from other areas of South Carolina and neighboring states, our students will be inspired to achieve greater success in their academics and personal lives,” said Delbert Foster, 1890 Extension administrator.

A state and federally funded program, 1890 Research & Extension is the university’s principal outreach organization. Its priority is to help South Carolinians reach their full potential by offering research-based programs and services.

For Youth Day details visit, or to obtain more information on outreach activities for youth, contact 1890 Research and Extension at (803) 536-8460.