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Generation Gamecock

University of South Carolina

A three-tiered mentor program that connects current student-athletes with former Gamecock athletes, senior administrators and/or middle-school youth in the Columbia community.

Mission Statement
To empower U of SC Student-athletes to build their professional network and make significant strides toward success for life beyond sports with the opportunity to network with a successful professional with similar career interests and previous shared experiences.
Goals of the Program


To empower U of SC Student-Athletes to build their professional network.


Provide student-athletes the opportunity to network with a successful professional with similar career interests and shared experiences


Provide former student-athletes with a meaningful way to connect back with the University

Meet our Mentor Program Leadership Team

Learn about the Roles and Expectations


Role of a Mentor

A good mentor shares experiences and life lessons that are relevant to their mentee while cultivating a meaningful, authentic relationship.
Characteristics of a Good Mentor

Good Mentors are:

  • Experienced
  • Good listeners
  • Empathetic
  • Trustworthy
  • Objective
  • Honest
Mentorship plays such a vital role in learning. To be able to advise and help others develop skills and knowledge will help set student-athletes on a journey to life-long success and personal growth.
– Ray Tanner | Athletics Director

Some Tips for Positive Mentorship:

  • Keep communication consistent
  • Respond promptly
  • Find common interests with your mentee
  • Listen actively
  • Challenge your mentee to grow

Interested in becoming a mentor? Click the button below to get started!



Role of a Mentee

As a mentee, you are afforded the opportunity to cultivate a meaningful relationship with someone who is meant to give you guidance and advice based on their lived experiences and knowledge. It is your responsibility to take advantage of the powerful resource that is mentorship.
Characteristics of a Good Mentee

Good Mentees are:

  • Prepared for meetings and conversations with their mentors
  • Good active listeners
  • Respectful of their mentor’s time
  • Committed to the mentor relationship
  • Willing to take initiative
  • Eager to learn
A mentor plays a vital role by instilling values that are sustainable long after their career ends. Those values shape your character and that becomes your destiny. The influence of a mentor is enormous because it shapes who you become.
– Marcus Lattimore | Former U of SC Student-Athlete

Some Tips for Interacting With Mentors:

  • Use your time together wisely
  • Learn about your mentor’s experiences
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for advice
  • Thank your mentor for their time and attention

Interested in finding a mentor? Click the button below to get started!

Please reach out to Caroline Neil, Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Development, at cneil@mailbox.sc.edu if you have questions about the mentor program.