Originally created 09/30/03

South Carolina earns award



COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The academic support and life skills program at the South Carolina athletic department has been honored by the 1-A Athletic Directors Association.

South Carolina's CARES (Carolina Academic Resource and Enrichment Services) was named as the "Program of Excellence" for the 2002-03 academic year at the group's annual meeting Monday in Dallas.

Such programs show a commitment to academic and athletic excellence and personal and career development for the student athletes, the university said.

Dutch Baughman, the association's executive director, said South Carolina worked hard through the years to meet those criteria. "They have clearly earned the distinction," he said.

South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee said the award was a tribute to the administration, coaches and support staff. "It is our goal that the student-athletes who attend Carolina have the opportunity to learn the life-skills that are so important to their growth as young adults," he said.