Clemson University

Tigers' coaches aiding underprivileged locals

Clemson is holding its third "Shop With a Coach" event today in Central, featuring Tigers coaches helping underprivileged children shop for Christmas gifts.

"This event is one of the highlights of the year for me and all of our coaches who have had the opportunity to participate," said men's basketball coach Oliver Purnell, the coordinator of the event.

Children from Clemson Community Care will board a bus to the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Central and will be given food and gift cards from the store. A wrapping station will be set up for all the gifts and the children have the opportunity to meet Santa Claus.

Each child will also receive three tickets to the Clemson-Samford game Dec. 29.

• HOOPS-LA: South Carolina unveiled a new men's basketball ticket package for Christmas, featuring two tickets each to the Gamecocks' games against UC-Irvine (Dec. 28) and No. 12 Tennessee (Jan. 12).

Called "Holiday Hoopla," the package costs $52, a markdown from the face value of $80. The UC-Irvine game tips off at 7:30 p.m. and Tennessee is listed to start at 8 p.m.

The Colonial Center's group events department (803-576-9288) is handling the orders. All packages must be picked up by Dec. 21.

• TENNIS TIME: Clemson's Ani Mijacika earned the Southeastern Region's top spot in the Fila/ITA Tennis rankings, one of five Lady Tigers in the Top 30.

Mijacika was 11-2 during the fall season and made it to the finals of two tournaments. Junior Federica Van Adrichem was ranked 14th while Carol Salge was 17th.

USC's Pedro Campos also entered the rankings, checking in at 10th in the Mideast Region. Campos was 5-5 during the fall.