February 14, 2020

From Gamecock Student to Alumni Leader

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When Riley Cain ’14, thinks of her time at the University of South Carolina, she is flooded with unforgettable experiences. Now Cain is using those experiences and her love for her alma mater to foster a Gamecock community in Charleston as the club chair of the UofSC Alumni Association’s Charleston club.

As a sport and entertainment student at South Carolina, Cain worked the Master’s and held a summer internship at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

“Between my major and my involvement on campus, UofSC taught me a passion for athletics and higher education, which is what led to me working in collegiate athletics,” she says. Cain is using her degree from South Carolina everyday as the Assistant Athletic Director of Ticket Operations and Sales at The Citadel.

The connections she made with professors and staff at UofSC’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management and across campus are relationships that she will keep throughout her career. Knowing how important Gamecock connections are, Cain is leveraging the alumni network to cultivate a strong Gamecock presence in Charleston.

“I knew I wanted to be involved in Charleston because of the amount of Gamecocks in the area,” Cain says. “I wanted to see events happen that would bring alumni together and engaged with the university.”

In the past year, the Charleston Gamecocks have hosted “Welcome to Your City” events for new graduates in the city, game viewing parties, happy hours and a food drive supporting the Low Country food bank.

Cain acknowledges that keeping an active alumni club presence is a team effort. She is supported by fellow alumni (pictured below), Allan Proske and Rebecca Young  on the alumni board in driving programming to create meaningful experiences for a greater number of Gamecocks in the city.

“The alumni network provides an instant commonality between people,” Cain says. “There is nothing better than seeing someone hold up a spur or give you a ‘Go Gamecocks’. The stronger and more active our alumni network is, the more we can share UofSC’s brand and give back to the university.”

When discussing the motivation for joining the UofSC Alumni Association as a Life Member, Cain says, “My membership in the alumni association means that I have a chance to support an organization that is keeping alumni engaged while supporting current students,” she says.

Now she continues to connect Gamecocks in Charleston bound by fierce loyalty and enthusiastic pride while preparing students to become Gamecocks for a lifetime.

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