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  • A celebration of Dawn Staley featuring Robin Roberts

Dawn Staley Champions Fund

The Dawn Staley Champions Fund helps fund scholarships for first-generation, economically disadvantaged, underrepresented students and student-athletes at the University of South Carolina by providing financial aid for tuition and educational expenses, creating equal opportunities for success, principles Coach Staley has championed. With donor support, this fund is making a positive impact on students' futures.

Event Postponed 

The April 27 A Celebration of Dawn Staley featuring Robin Roberts event has been postponed due to unavoidable scheduling conflicts. USC plans to reschedule the event for a future date. 

  • USC Womens Basketball coach, Dawn Staley

    About Dawn Staley

    Dawn Staley’s life and career tell a story of grit and determination, overcoming the odds to achieve extraordinary success as a basketball player and coach. Since taking over the struggling South Carolina women’s basketball team in 2008, she has brought home two national championships (2017, 2022) and taken the team to the NCAA tournament 10 times. In 2021, she led the U.S. women’s basketball team to an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo.

  • Robin Roberts, ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-anchor.

    About Robin Roberts

    An award-winning broadcaster and co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Robin Roberts has traveled the world as an interviewer and reporter. She founded Rock’n Robin Productions, an Emmy Award-winning broadcast and digital production company, and is an author, cancer survivor and MDS survivor. Roberts earned a communications degree and played basketball at Southeastern Louisiana University and was inducted to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012. 

Supported Education Initiatives

The event will highlight three key education initiatives supported through the Dawn Staley Champions Fund: Gamecock Guarantee, the Richard T. Greener Scholarship and the Women’s Basketball Leadership Fund.

Gamecock Guarantee

The Gamecock Guarantee is a need-based financial and academic support program for academically talented first-generation students from South Carolina. The program offers students $4,500 of support per year, additional assistance such as scholarships, as well as access to programs and services that bolster their academic achievement and further enrich their undergraduate experiences.

Richard T. Greener Scholarship

Named in honor of the first Black faculty member at the university, the Richard T. Greener Scholarship is a $2,000, four-year scholarship awarded to incoming underrepresented freshmen based on academic achievement, leadership ability, community service and financial need.

Women’s Basketball Leadership Fund

The Women’s Basketball Leadership Fund improves the overall student-athlete experience by providing resources to foster success on campus and throughout life. Focus areas include leadership training, career resourcing and life skills development.

Thank you to our sponsors

Thank you to our 2023 event sponsors who are making a positive difference through their support of the Dawn Staley Champions Fund.

Platinum Sponsor



Gold Sponsor



Silver Sponsors

  • Grace Outdoor Advertising
  • Michelin
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
  • NMDP/Be The Match
  • Truist

Bronze Sponsors

  • atkins law
  • Canal Insurance
  • Chernoff Newman
  • Colonial Life
  • First Citizens Bank
  • Founders Federal Credit Union
  • SouthState Bank
  • USC Board of Trustees
  • USC Development Foundation
  • USC Educational Foundation

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