The usual jerseys, cleats, sneakers and helmets were thrown away Monday night for suits, ties and dresses as the South Carolina athletics department hosted their annual Gamecock Gala.

The formal event was held Monday, April 20, at Colonial Life Arena and it gave the over 500 student-athletes a chance to dress in their Sunday best and to have their achievements recognized by the athletic department.

“This is a fun event,” men’s tennis sophomore Andrew Schafer said. “We get to dress up basically once a year, so all the athletes go all out for it. it’s a fun event. I’m excited for it.”

There were numerous awards handed out during the gala: MVPs for each team, two scholarships, Student-Athletes of the Year, Scholar Athletes of the Year, Community Outreach Team of the Year, Athletes of the Year, the Gamecock Inspiration award and the President’s Award.

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